President Joe Biden says the United States is getting closer to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Sunday to mark the country’s 245th Independence Day, Biden said more effort is needed to tackle the pandemic.
“Today, we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus,” he said.
“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 members and essential workers.
“We’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,” he said. But he added, “Don’t get me wrong: Covid-19 has not been vanquished. We all know powerful variants have emerged, like the Delta variant.”
Biden paid tribute to those who have lost their lives, with the staggering number of deaths in the United States now at more than 600,000.
“Over the last year, we have lived through some of our darkest days,” Biden said. “We are about to see our brightest future.”
President Joe Biden celebrated US Independence Day on Sunday with an upbeat assessment of a country he said is roaring back to post-pandemic life, even if Covid-19 has yet to be fully “vanquished.”