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Biden casts vaccinations as a patriotic duty, urges Americans to protect themselves, others

President Biden speaks about vaccinations at the White House on Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Biden cast getting vaccinated as a patriotic duty Wednesday, urging all Americans over 16 to protect themselves and help protect those in their community from getting the coronavirus and putting their lives at risk.

His comments came at an event at which Biden announced that the nation was about to reach his goal of 200 million vaccinations and that the government would underwrite the costs of businesses giving their workers time off to get vaccinated.

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