In his first prime-time address since taking office, President Joe Biden said Americans would be able to celebrate the Fourth of July in “small groups.”
“I promise I will do everything in my power. I will not relent until we beat this virus,” Biden said, adding, “But I need you, the American people…I need every American to do their part.”
He continued, “I need you to get vaccinated when it’s your turn and when you can find an opportunity, and to help your family, your friends, your neighbors to get vaccinated as well.”
“Because here’s the point, if we do all this, if we do our part, if we do this together, by July the Fourth, there’s a good chance you, your families and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.”
He added, “That doesn’t mean large events with lots of people together. But it does mean small groups will be able to get together. After this long, hard year, that will make this Independence Day something truly special.”
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JULY FOURTH: President Biden: “If we do this together, by July the Fourth there’s a good chance you, your families and friends, will be able to get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.” pic.twitter.com/HrYB9Fb8mV
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He used the speech to commemorate the more than 500,000 Americans who died from the virus and the sacrifices Americans made over the past year.
In addition to reflecting on the hardships of the last year, Biden said he would direct all states to make every adult eligible for the coronavirus vaccine by May 1.
Biden previously announced that there would be enough vaccine supply for every adult in the country to receive a dose, as IJR reported.
His address comes as the U.S. is recording an average of 57,400 new cases per day — a sharp decrease from January.
Additionally, more than 60 million Americans have received one dose of the vaccine, and over 10% of the country’s population has been fully vaccinated.
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