President Joe Biden celebrated U.S. Independence Day with an optimistic assessment of a country that said it is returning to post-pandemic life, even if COVID-19 has not yet been completely “defeated.” .
Speaking Sunday in front of a festive crowd of 1,000 guests at the White House South White House, Biden made a comparison between the British Empire’s declaration of independence in 1776 and the current rapid recovery of the coronavirus.
“Two hundred and forty-five years ago we declared our independence from a distant king. Today we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus, ”he told the crowd of invited military and essential workers.
“We have gained the edge against this virus,” he said.
But he added: “Make no mistake: COVID-19 has not been defeated. We all know that powerful variants have appeared, such as the Delta variant. ”
Biden paid tribute to those who have lost their lives, with an impressive number of deaths in the United States already exceeding 600,000.
A large crowd packed the national mall to make a large fireworks display in another sign that the United States is looking forward to the July 4 holiday as a time to put the virus in the rearview mirror.
Despite the atmosphere of Sunday’s celebrations, the Biden administration says it is concerned about the large number of people who have not yet been vaccinated.