First modification: 07/05/2021 – 02:14
The day of the Independence of the United States served the president, Joe Biden, to establish a simile with the future emancipation of the country from Covid-19, which feels closer and closer with 67% of the population vaccinated. However, the government’s promise for this date was 70%, a breach that does not affect the social reopening plans.
This Sunday, July 4, the United States turns 245 years old. A historic date, which has had a festive character, after recovering most of the acts, after a 2020 marked by the pandemic and social distancing.
A pandemic that has not ended, but which, nevertheless, is raging: the vaccination figures achieved have allowed fireworks, hot dog contests and mobility numbers similar to those of 2019 to return.
Faced with this situation, the government’s motto has been “America’s Back Together”, (America de Nuevo Unida). This was made public on Twitter by US President Joe Biden:
“This year, July 4 is a special day of celebration. Because we are emerging from the darkest years. A year of pandemic and isolation. A year of pain, fear, and heartbreaking loss. Today, we can confidently say: America it is rejoining. ”
This year, the Fourth of July is a day of special celebration. For we are emerging from the darkest of years. A year of pandemic and isolation. A year of pain, fear, and heartbreaking loss.
Today, we can say with confidence: America is coming back together.
– President Biden (@POTUS) July 4, 2021
To celebrate, Joe Biden organized the largest event since he was president in the White House, with 1,000 people invited to a barbecue, where essential workers, military personnel and their families participated.
In his speech for Independence Day, Joe Biden thanked all the guests who fought on the front lines against the rise of the pandemic.
He also lamented the more than 605,000 deaths from Covid-19 and warned of the new Indian variant, Delta: “we have a lot of work to do.”
Finally, he insisted that the population be immunized: “it is the most patriotic thing you can do.”
Messages that were not exempt from celebration for the fight against the coronavirus. Biden said the country is today “closer than ever” to declaring its independence from a “deadly virus.”
Very close to the planned vaccination goal
Biden, after 6 months in the White House, expected that this Sunday, July 4, the United States would have 70% of adults vaccinated. However, the figure, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, stands at 67%. It should be noted that in his speech, he has made no reference to the breach of his promise.
An objective not achieved that, however, does not make a big difference in terms of the advance of the virus and the reopening of the economy. The authorities blame not having reached the threshold proposed by the refusal to be vaccinated by part of the population.
According to a survey released by The Washington Post and ABC News television, 74% of people who have not been vaccinated consider it “unlikely” to participate in immunization.
This is a hot debate in American society and Anthony Fauci, the government’s chief epidemiologist, has referred to this: “Let’s put aside all these differences and understand that the common enemy is the virus.”
It is precisely in vaccination where the management of the president, Joe Biden, gets the best mark. It is approved by 62% of Americans, according to the survey by the ‘Post’ and ‘ABC News. “A much higher number than that obtained in migration, with 33% approval, and of the strategy against crime, with support 38%.
Concern about new variants and vaccine rejection
The White House had publicly called for people to come out to celebrate Independence across the country, taking advantage of the good inoculation numbers that the United States has.
However, in the country more than 200 people still die every day from Covid-19. While the fast-spreading delta variant worries even the president. In his speech, Biden assured that the virus “has not been defeated” and recalled that “powerful” variants such as the delta, initially detected in India, have appeared.
Faced with this appearance, the concern of those who do not want to be vaccinated is added. There are 1,000 counties in the country that have a rate lower than 30%, so if the variant advances, they could become hot spots, coinciding with the elimination of pandemic restrictions that the United States is experiencing.
In states like Colorado and Missouri, the government is sending health experts and professionals to help in locations where low vaccination rates and increasing cases are combined.
France 24 with Reuters, AP and EFE