'Light at the end of this dark tunnel': Biden

"A vaccinated American is the only way to beat the pandemic, get our economy back on track and for us to get back to our lives and our loved ones," Biden said at an event with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck.

"There is light at the end of this dark tunnel."

Video Transcript

JOE BIDEN: And today, I'm directing Jeff and my HHS team to produce another 100 million doses and purchase another 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccinated American is the only way to beat the pandemic, get our economy back on track, and for us to get back our lives and our loved ones. That's why the American Rescue Plan was so critical. I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives today for passing the bill, and I will be signing it into law shortly.

I'm going to launch the next phase of the COVID response and explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask of the American people. There is light at the end of this dark tunnel of the past year. But we cannot let our guard down now.

If we have a surplus, we're going to share it with the rest of the world. We've already decided we're going to work with the outfit COVAX. We've committed $4 billion to help get the funding for more vaccines around the world.

This is not something that can be stopped by a fence, no matter how high you build a fence or a wall. So we're not going to be ultimately safe until the world is safe. And so we're going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first, but we're then going to try to help the rest of the world. Thank you.