President Joe Biden delivered an uplifting speech outside the mass vaccination site at NRG Park late Friday afternoon.
The site is a federal initiative to get 100 million people vaccinated in 100 days, an initiative Biden announced at the beginning of his presidency. The site vaccinates thousands of people each day.
“There's so much we can do,” Biden said. “As you see the broken hearts of the families who have been left behind, there's nothing partisan about this virus.”
He also talked about the reliability of the vaccines, acknowledging that some often overlooked communities are rightfully skeptical of the shot.
He urged that the vaccine was “safe and effective.”
“There are plenty of things we can work on together, and one of them is seen here today: To speed up vaccinations,” Biden said. “… I know we can do this. Why? Because I know America can do great things when we do them together.”
The presidential day trip comes after a major winter storm ravaged the state. Biden saw storm damage and toured the Harris County Office of Emergency Management.
He did so alongside Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn, both partisan foes.
“We're not here today as Democrats or Republicans,” Biden said. “When a crisis hits our states, it's not a Republican or Democrat who's hurting.”
Biden pledged continued federal support for Texans still reeling from the storm.
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