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Biden TV address will mark one-year anniversary of lockdowns

President Joe Biden will make his first prime-time address Thursday night to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the start of coronavirus shutdowns. The address comes a day after Biden won final approval of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will discuss “the many sacrifices that the American people have made over the last year and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered.” Biden is also likely to tout his administration’s work in deploying COVID-19 vaccines, which have increased from a weekly average of 900,000 when Biden took office to 2.2 million last week. Biden spoke at a White House event Wednesday with the heads of Johnson & Johnson and Merck, the pharmaceutical company that is partnering with its competitor to help produce the COVID-19 vaccines. The administration has arranged to purchase an additional 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.

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