Biden was speaking at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Ohio on the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, passed while he was Vice President under President Barack Obama.
Biden made onlookers laugh when he made the sign of the cross after Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who spoke before Biden, referenced Obamacare - which has long been under attack by Republicans - as "a big deal."
Biden during his speech segued into speaking about the just-passed American Rescue Plan, the COVID relief package.
He said 600 million doses of the COVID vaccine would be ready by the end of May.
He also said that 100 million relief checks would be distributed to Americans by Wednesday (March 24).
JOYCE BEATTY: And as you mentioned on that historic day in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is a big deal, and it still is. And the same can be said about the American Rescue Plan.
JOE BIDEN: Look I, want everybody to be aware that there are three key parts of the American Rescue Plan all my colleagues supported here.
First we're going to more rapidly acquire, and we set out to more rapidly acquire enough vaccine to vaccinate every single American quicker than anticipated. And my COVID team went through, and we used the Defense Production Act. We were able to organize and help increase the number of doses in a much shorter time. So by the end of May, we're going to have on hand roughly 600 million doses, enough for every American.
In addition, there is a second important piece of that plan. It's focused on dealing with the economic deprivation so many Americans have become subject to, a consequence of this virus, through no fault of their own.
And one more element of our response is that, first and foremost, is the commitment to get Americans $1,400 check per person, including per child. So a firefighter and school teacher making $120,000 combined with two kids are going to get a direct payment of $5,600 in cash. If they already have an account online with the IRS, which many do, by tomorrow, we will have distributed 100 million of those checks.
Just since the legislation passed, we're on the verge of doing that as of tomorrow. For someone who doesn't have direct deposit, they're getting a check in the mail for all that. So we expand the--