'A summer of freedom': Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th

President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with fresh meaning this year by inviting national celebrations to mark the country's effective return to normalcy after 16 weeks of coronavirus pandemic disruption and more than 600,000 lives lost.

'A summer of freedom': Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th

President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with fresh meaning this year by inviting national celebrations to mark the country's effective return to normalcy after 16 weeks of coronavirus pandemic disruption and more than 600,000 lives lost.

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16 June 2021 Wednesday 14:54
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'A summer of freedom': Vaccine gives new meaning to July 4th

The White House is expressing growing certainty that July Fourth will function as a breakthrough second in the country's recovery, even though the U.S. is expected to fall short of its goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated by the vacation season. Still, the speed of the country's healing is going to be a stark contrast with the rest of the world trying hard to vanquish the virus.

The projected celebration will be the most significant event of Biden's presidency and is designed to demonstrate the nation's victory over the virus since COVID-19 cases and deaths drop to levels not seen since the very first days of the outbreak. The U.S. is visiting its highest speed of aviation because the pandemic began, and schools, restaurants and businesses are quickly reopening.

He plans to host first responders, workers that are essential and military service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House to get a cookout and to see the fireworks over the National Mall.

The plan shows the dramatic shift in thinking since Biden cautiously held out hope just 3 months ago that individuals might have the ability to hold modest cookouts from the Fourth.

For many Americans, this reopening target was struck last month, by Memorial Day weekend, even following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated individuals and state and local virus restrictions also eased.

Now, officials say July Fourth will function as a unofficial kickoff to another phase from the U.S. pandemic reaction. The national government is seeking to turn the page on the domestic public health catastrophe and focus on an economic and civic revival at home and marshaling service for vaccinations around the world.

The White House is expecting to see similar Independence Day activities across the country, a year following the virus compelled a mass rescue of festivities.

"We welcome you to join us by hosting your personal events to honor our freedom, salute those who've been working on the frontlines, and observe our progress in combating this pandemic," the White House wrote in an email to local and state officials Tuesday. It asked them to discuss their own plans, which the administration would later highlight.

"America is headed to a summertime radically different from this past year," the administration wrote to officials. "A summer of freedom. A summer of pleasure. A summer of reunions and parties."

The upbeat announcement contrasts with all the drearier fact in Europe, in which Biden is on an eight-day tour, also in the rest of the planet as vaccines remain scarce.

"The administration needs to walk a point, using occasions like this to increase vaccine interest and confidence in the U.S. while also being sensitive to the fact that this catastrophe is still out of control in many areas of the world," said Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Division of Health Policy and Public Health.

For example, in the uk, among the few countries that has a vaccination rate similar to that of the U.S., the authorities announced Monday it plans to further delay reopening for at least a month to attempt and get more people vaccinated and to slow the spread of the highly transmissible and more dangerous delta version first identified in India.

In large swaths of earth, the virus is raging unchecked, and health specialists warn that without vaccinations, variants can emerge that will burst through the protection that the vaccines are providing in the U.S.

In Europe, Biden and other Group of Seven leaders announced plans to provide 1 billion shots to get poorer nations, half of these in the U.S., but help groups said a much greater commitment is needed to conquer the virus around the world.

Greater than 370,000 Americans are now receiving their first dose on average daily, down from a high of almost 2 million per day two months ago.

White House officials acknowledge that the profound geographical disparities in vaccination rates and stated the administration will continue to issue reminders which unvaccinated Americans remain at risk of serious disease and death from the virus.

Yet cases are trending downward even in the Southern and Midwestern states that remain markedly behind the rest of the country in vaccinations.

Elsewhere, California started its grand reopening Tuesday, lifting nearly all its remaining virus limitations. At New York, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo said had hit a benchmark of 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, principles were being raised that had restricted the size of parties and required some types of companies to trace social distancing or cleansing protocols.

All American adults are qualified for vaccine shots for two weeks, and the government has mounted an aggressive"month of activity" to attempt to drive up demand for doses, even though that's done little to alter the trend lines: Fewer Americans are considering getting vaccinated.

Officials say the ramifications of this July Fourth vaccination aim of 70% of Americans on forcing down COVID-19 cases are already being felt even if the grade will not be attained. A few 166.5 million adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to CDC data. To achieve his goal, Biden would need to vaccinate about 14 million more people in less than three weeks.

"Regardless of where we're on July Fourth, we're not shutting down store," White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated last week.

Biden intends to use his remarks on July Fourth to emphasize the administration's"wartime answer," with a vaccination campaign which helped bring cases and deaths down by about 90 percent from where they had been before he took office on Jan. 20.

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