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As the end of 2021 approaches, look-back at Biden-Harris Administration’s progress combatting COVID-19 spotlights the most effective vaccination program in history 

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The President has made beating the pandemic and building a strong economic recovery his top priority. Thanks to President Biden’s decisive actions and steady leadership, since taking office in January, millions of Americans have received vaccine shots and relief checks, businesses have gotten the support to stay afloat, and schools have re-opened their doors. This enormous progress has come after the President inherited a flatlining economy, a pandemic continuing to ravage the country, and an anemic testing and vaccination program that left American families looking for leadership, effectiveness, and trusted experience.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have fought against the Administration’s efforts to re-open our economy and get Americans vaccinated every step of the way, including uniformly opposing the American Rescue Plan. And now, they’re opposing the President’s plans to lower the cost of living for working and middle class families in the Build Back Better Act.

President Biden has executed the most effective vaccination program in history to protect Americans from COVID-19 and get the economy moving again:

President Biden took immediate and aggressive action to help workers and businesses get back on their feet, including passing the American Rescue Plan — which was uniformly opposed by Republicans in Congress:


  • Nearly 13,000 grants to live venues, theaters, and other entertainment and cultural hubs through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.

As a result of the President’s fight against the pandemic, schools have been able to safely re-open and millions of children have returned to in-person instruction and reducing the burden on parents:

  • $122 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — along with additional state and local relief — was allocated to address the impacts COVID had on pre-K through 12 education to ensure schools were able to re-open safely and effectively this year.
    • This included improving ventilation systems, purchasing PPE, hiring more staff, reducing class sizes for social distancing, and more.
  • $10 billion in American Rescue Plan funding was provided to support COVID screening tests for teachers, staff, and students.

Thanks to President Biden’s continued fight against the pandemic, we’ve seen the jump-starting of a historic economic recovery from a pandemic-induced crisis:

  • More than 5,800,000 jobs have been created since President Biden took office.
  • The unemployment rate has dropped from 6.3 percent when President Biden took office to 4.2 percent — falling at the fastest rate in 50 years. Economists projected it would take us until the end of 2023 to reach this level.
    • The unemployment rate for Black Americans has fallen from 9.2 percent in January to 6.7 percent in November.
    • The unemployment rate for Hispanic Americans has fallen from 8.6 percent in January to 5.2 percent in November.
    • The unemployment rate for Asian Americans has fallen from 6.6 percent in January to 3.8 percent in November.
  • Weekly jobless claims are down over 70 percent since President Biden took office — from over 800,000 to 184,000.
  • In fact, on average, Americans have $100 more in their pockets each month than they did last year, even after accounting for inflation.