The president led a massive celebration for July 4 at the White House with more than 1,000 guests, including essential workers and the military. "It will be a summer of joy and freedom thanks to millions of Americans who got vaccinated," he said.
The president of the United States, Joe Biden, assured this Sunday that his country is today "closer than ever" to declaring its independence from a "deadly virus," alluding to the coronavirus pandemic. "Today we celebrate the United States," said the president in his speech, who organized his first massive activity at the White House on the occasion of Independence Day. His government is considering reuniting Americans as a family after months of bans on epidemics.
"We are emerging from the darkness of a year of pandemic and isolation," added the president, who has designated this celebration as "Independence Day and the independence of covid-19." "On this 4th of July, the United States is back, and it has a lot to celebrate. We are entering a summer of joy and freedom, thanks to the millions of Americans who got vaccinated and the frontline workers who made it possible," he said.
It is the largest mass event of his presidency, perhaps unthinkable when he took office just over five months ago. Then, it had the participation of 1,000 essential workers and military personnel with their families.
Several thousand Americans crowded the length of the National Mall to watch the traditional fireworks behind the Lincoln Memorial, a 17-minute fireworks display that the president admired along with First Lady Jill. Meanwhile, 43.6 million people got behind the wheel for the traditional barbecue with friends and family, 5% more than the previous record set in 2019. A sign of normalcy and success, which the president did not fail to highlight even on the eve of what he proposed again as a "festival of independence from the virus."
"More than 300 million vaccines administered, subsidies delivered to more than 169 million Americans, more than three million jobs created in the American economy since my tenure began. We have come a long way, but this is only the beginning," said Biden. A dazzling start, with what appears to be a real economic boom, fueled by the Biden administration's relaunch policy and astronomical public spending plans: a revised GDP upward to + 7% for this year, a galloping return to employment at a rate of 850,000 positions in June alone, Wall Street continues to break records, in a country that recovered earlier and better than the black coat of the pandemic with more than 600,000 deaths.
Yet much work remains to be done for the president, who narrowly missed his announced goal of having 70% of Americans receive at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4.
It will take another 10-14 days. Still, in the meantime, the risk of the Delta variant, the one that emerged in India, looms. Moreover, the pace of immunizations is slowing down, so much so that doctor and virology specialist Anthony Fauci warns that soon there could be two Americas. And suppose a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll promotes Biden's work as president (50% vs. 42%), especially in handling the pandemic (62% vs. 31%). In that case, it rejects him on two other key issues that continue—dividing the United States: the issue of crime in the country (38% approve, 48% do not) and immigration on the border with Mexico (33% have a favorable opinion, 51% negative).
A poll released this Sunday by The Washington Post and ABC News revealed that 62% of Americans rated Biden positively for handling the pandemic. However, it did not achieve the same results on issues such as migration - where it was only approved by 33% - and its strategy against crime, which received the support of only 38%.
The survey showed that only 60% of those surveyed said they had received at least one dose. Among those who have not yet been immunized, 74% considered it "unlikely" that an injection would be given.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 47.3% of the population (156.9 million people) is fully vaccinated, and 54.9% (182.1 million) have received the first dose. These percentages rise to 58.1% with complete vaccination and 67% with an injection among 18 years of age.
"We are dealing with a historical situation with this pandemic, and we have the tools to counteract it," the main epidemiologist of the US Government, Anthony Fauci, told NBC News on Sunday. The official called on the population to drop their differences and get vaccinated to avoid deaths.
The CDC estimates that the delta variant, first detected in India, currently accounts for 25% of new COVID-19 cases in the country, exceeding 600,000 deaths from the virus.
Fauci cautioned that this mutation "is more transmissible" and noted that it "appears to be more lethal."