President Biden Takes First Trip To Ohio Since Taking Office To Sell COVID Relief Package

CBS4's Natalie Brand reports from the White House.

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- President Joe Biden takes his first trip to Ohio since taking office to sell his COVID relief package. It's a state the president lost in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, one of the nation's largest teacher's unions is questioning the Biden administration's move to reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet in schools. CBS4's Natalie Brand is at the White House with more.

NATALIE BRAND: President Biden toured a Columbus, Ohio cancer and research institute as part of his Help Is Here Tour to tout the American Rescue Plan.

JOE BIDEN: I don't want to see anybody go through what my son went through.

NATALIE BRAND: The trip also comes on the 11th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law. The White House is currently encouraging Americans who need health insurance to sign up on healthcare.gov. The special enrollment period runs through May 15.

The recently passed COVID relief package includes $122 billion for schools. But the nation's second-largest teachers' union worries school districts still lack the resources and planning to implement the CDC's latest guidance.

RANDI WEINGARTEN: How much more change can we do in one year?

NATALIE BRAND: The American Federation of Teachers wrote the Biden administration to express concern about the CDC's new social distancing guidance for schools. It's reduced to three feet between most students when they're wearing masks. There are also new questions about the data AstraZeneca released from its COVID-19 vaccine trial in the US. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says the company may have included outdated information from that trial, which may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data.

ANTHONY FAUCI: This is really what you call an unforced error, because the fact is this is very likely a very good vaccine.

NATALIE BRAND: AstraZeneca says it will work to provide the most up-to-date information to regulators. The pharmaceutical company is expected to apply for Emergency Use Authorization in the US in coming weeks. Natalie Brand, CBS News, the White House.

- According to the latest CDC numbers, more than 25% of Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.