Feb 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jill Biden, Doug Emhoff host series of calls with nurses unions

Dr. Biden and Emhoff

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First lady Dr. Jill Biden and second gentleman Doug Emhoff on Wednesday held a series of phone calls with nurses unions throughout the country to hear about their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reports.

What they're saying: Biden and Emhoff told the nurses, who the CDC says are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, that "this administration is fighting for them," according to a spokesperson. But most of their time was spent listening to the nurses' pleas for more protective gear and vaccine doses.

  • The duo promised to share nurses' testimonials with President Biden and Vice President Harris.

Between the lines: The calls come after repeated praise from Dr. Biden toward emergency workers in recent weeks — and could signal the direction of her broader platform as first lady.

  • One of Dr. Biden's first acts as first lady was filming a video thanking emergency workers. She also taped a similar address with her husband at the Super Bowl last weekend.
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