As the White House celebrated the July 4 holiday on Sunday, the Biden administration also announced the progress it made heading towards the win against COVID-19 — the day long-awaited by President Joe Biden to mark a milestone in the virus battle.
Some 1, 000 people have gathered in the most gigantic event facilitated under the current administration which is pushed to walk a tightrope as it moves forward to indicate achievement in obtaining the normal life back. This, as it continues to admit virus dangers as many lives were lost daily due to the disease.
The White House, for the past months, has been eyeing July 4 as its progress period in the health crisis — the moment when several restrictions could be eased if vaccination goals are achieved.
After being elected as President, Biden announced cautious hope that people in small groups can get together during the holiday while health safety protocols are in place.
Yet, the White House gathered more confidence as it scored high vaccination rates during the spring. This made it tag the holiday weekend as a “summer of freedom” while Sunday’s Independence Day celebration is also an “independence from Covid-19.”
Biden held a barbecue recognizing attendees that included essential employees, responders, and service members during the White House celebration.
He mentioned in his speech the deaths from Covid-19, which has surpassed the 600, 000 mark in 16 months.
In addition, he also tackled the current situation, encouraging Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19, and expressed his gratitude to essential employees and military members for helping the country lower the deaths and cases.
The administration, however, also admitted that it encountered challenges towards progress, as reported by The New York Times.
Last month, due to the fall of vaccination following April’s peak, officials admitted that they would definitely fail in its goal to have at least 70 percent of adults to be vaccinated by July 4.