Biden touts US Covid-19 progress at July 4 White House event

Biden touts US coronavirus progress at July 4 White House event
President Joe Biden visits with members of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents after speaking at an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, July 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden touted the country’s progress against the Covid-19 pandemic Sunday evening as he and first lady Jill Biden hosted their biggest party yet at the White House marking the July Fourth holiday.

In remarks outside the White House, the president said: “Today, all across this nation we can say with confidence America is coming back together. 245 years ago, we declared our independence from a distant king. Today, we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.”

Biden said that the US is seeing “the results of the unity of purpose.”

He said: “Together, we’re beating the virus. Together, we’re breathing life into our economy. Together, we will rescue our people from division and despair. But together, we must do it. Over the past year, we’ve lived through some of our darkest days. Now I truly believe — I give my word as a Biden — I truly believe we are about to see our brightest future. Folks, this is a special nation.”

More than five months into their tenure, the president and the First Lady used the July 4th holiday as an opportunity to host guests in person, and more than a thousand were anticipated to enjoy food and festivities for the Fourth on the South Lawn, culminating in fireworks on the National Mall.

Those invited were mostly essential workers and military families, who could bring their families, a nod of gratitude to service members and those who kept the country going during the darkest days of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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