The president of the United States takes advantage of the national holiday to send a message of “unity” after living “some of our darkest days”, but warns that the disease “has not yet been defeated”
Joe Biden used Sunday the celebration of his first Independence Day as president of the United States to communicate that the country is moving “full steam” towards life after the pandemic. Addressing a festive crowd of 1,000 on the White House grounds at sunset Sunday – early Monday morning in Spain – he made a comparison between the secession of the British empire in 1776 and the rapid recovery from the coronavirus.
“245 years ago we declared independence from a distant king. Today we are closer than ever to declaring independence in the face of a deadly virus, ”he told the crowd of military and essential guest workers. “We have managed to have an advantage against this virus,” said the president. Don’t get me wrong. Covid-19 has not yet been defeated. We all know that powerful variants have emerged, such as the Delta variant, ”he added.
Biden also paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the territory with the highest number of deaths in absolute terms, with more than 600,000. Yet he struck a very optimistic note by suggesting that under his leadership the country was “getting back together.” “In the last year we have experienced some of our darkest days,” he said. “We are about to see our brighter future,” he stressed.
Just half of vaccinated
Despite the atmosphere of victory, the Biden administration has expressed concern about the large number of people who have not yet been vaccinated. The White House has fallen short of its goal of seven out of ten adults being inoculated with at least one dose before Independence Day. Only 46% of Americans have received both as the highly contagious variable Delta continues to spread.
Public health officials warn that in rural areas – the granary of Republican votes – hospitals are beginning to fill up again, especially in Utah, Missouri, Arkansas and Wyoming. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert on infectious diseases in the United States, told NBC that unvaccinated people now represent 99.2% of those killed by covid.