Biden continues push for 'equity' in vaccination effort

"I think there's a growing awareness that injecting bleach into your system doesn't do it for you," Biden said on Tuesday.

Last year, then-president Donald Trump’s musings on whether injecting disinfectants might treat COVID-19 horrified medical professionals.

"We're an administration that thinks science matters," Biden said.

The Biden administration is trying to accelerate an unprecedented campaign to vaccinate most American adults as local governments clamor for more doses and the virus kills thousands of Americans every day.

Biden, last week, said he was confident he would be able to surpass his goal to distribute 100 million COVID-19 shots during his first 100 days in office. But he also said that any semblance of normalcy may still be many months away.

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JOE BIDEN: As a former ambassador said, they were focusing on the knees, particularly of the most left behind community-- the African-American community. I mean, it really is across the board, but on this area specifically. As I might add are the Latino communities being left behind, not as much but similarly, and Pacific Islanders. So there's a lot of work to do. And that's why we want to talk to you to see whether we're headed in the right direction. Again, I'm going to go back to the whole question of equity. What we're trying to do-- my team and I-- is get people who in fact have been most hurt by this pandemic to places where they are comfortable, where they have comfort in going.

They don't feel like they are not intimidated by the circumstance. And they're used to going to their grocery store or they're used to going to their drugstore or pharmacy. They're used to doing those things. But we also are trying to get out mobile units in the communities, not only inner city but rural communities that don't have as much access. And I think there's a growing awareness that injecting bleach into your system doesn't do it for you,

I mean, think about all the ridiculous thing, and there is online still, there are those who are the vaccine deniers and liars and telling all these stories that aren't true. It's all, we're an administration that thinks science matters. Science matters. And it has to be available to the poorest among us and those who are most hurt by this COVID crisis across the board. And that's what we're doing. You have any questions for me?