It is common knowledge that people were not not able to partake in their normal Independence Day festivities in 2020. This year, the President wants small groups to be able to get together but does not encourage large gatherings, as they do not abide by the guidelines. In his speech, the President says, “After a long, hard year, that will make this Independence Day truly special—where we not only mark our independence as a nation but we begin to mark our independence from this virus.” People should be motivated by this day, as well as other holidays to come, and should take precaution with the virus so that we can experience the lifestyle we once did. Being able to spend time with others on the 4th of July should come as a reward for maintaining the COVID-19 guidelines and sacrificing our old ways until the pandemic comes to a close.
In terms of plans for the vaccination rollout, President Joe Biden hopes that adults will be able to get the vaccine by the first of May. He also wants an increase in vaccine distribution locations. Dentists and Veterinarians may also be able to assist in this process once trained on how to do so. In February, the President said he hoped the virus would no longer be an issue by Christmas 2021 and Dr. Fauci thought this was a “reasonable” claim. The President’s target of 100 million vaccinations has been reached as it was supposed to by March 20. Although this goal has been reached, the President emphasizes that the “fight is far from over” and urges people to follow the normal guidelines saying the country will only get back together if there is “national unity.”
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