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Biden says while COVID cases are on the decline, “now is not the time to let go”

President Joe Biden said that while the United States has made “significant progress” in the fight against COVID-19, the country still needs to “do more” to reduce the spread of the virus and “put this pandemic behind us. “.

In a press conference from the White House, Biden touted the drop in COVID-19 cases and the increase in vaccinations across the country, saying case rates were declining in 39 states and daily reported cases globally fell by 47% in over the past six weeks.

Some 66 million people eligible for the vaccine are still not vaccinated, according to the president, against nearly 100 million in July.

“This is important progress, but now is not the time to give up,” Biden said, adding that the country must “do more” to immunize everyone who is eligible. “We are in a very critical time as we work to turn the corner.”

“Anyone who has not been vaccinated: please get vaccinated,” Biden added. “This is how we are putting this pandemic behind us. ”

Even though coronavirus cases across the country have declined since September, the United States still has an average of more than 88,000 new reported cases per day and more than 1,800 people die every day of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 719,000 people have died in the United States

So far, only 57% of the country has been fully immunized against the virus.

Biden applauded vaccines required the previously established administration for federal and other workers and contractors, saying “they work.” He noted that the Labor Department will soon issue a previously announced rule that companies with more than 100 employees require regular testing for unvaccinated workers.

Biden said that once health officials approve the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, which is expected in the coming weeks, the United States is “ready” with enough of vaccines in their supply.