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An upward trend

This is quite an upward trend —

On December 14, the first COVID vaccine was given in the United States.

When President Biden took office 37 days later, we had administered 16.5 million doses of the COVID vaccine.

By last Friday, 58 days after that, we have now given more than 118 million doses of the vaccine — nearly double the pace of our original goal of 100 million doses in 100 days.

When I think about the urgency our leadership is showing to get every single American vaccinated by May 1, and compare that to others, for the first time in our pandemic, the situation feels cautiously optimistic.

Isn't it nice that we have an administration committed to getting everyone vaccinated from COVID — and as fast as possible?

Isn't it nice that states have a real partner in the fight against COVID in the president, instead of a buck-passer only interested in personal credit and his own businesses profits?

Isn't it nice that we have leaders in Congress and the White House who trust our medical professionals advice on COVID safety instead of an infomercial salesman?

Isn't it nice that we're not being told to drink bleach?

Isn't it nice to have an administration that tells us the truth about the effects of COVID, even when the news isn't positive?

Isn't it nice to have leadership that focuses on solving the pandemic at home instead of scapegoating foreigners?

Isn't it nice to know our federal agencies are being encouraged to share data about the virus, instead of being muzzled?

House Democrats have made a promise to the American people to put our nation's health and safety first. And with the benefit of partnering with a committed administration, we're proving that we stick to our promises.

When we come together, with a House, Senate, and administration that believes that each of us has value and deserves health, equity, and dignity, there's no limit to what we can achieve. In this Congress, and beyond.

We have a ways to go to beat the virus, but light is cracking through the clouds. And that's pretty nice.


Posted on March 26, 2021.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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