President Biden said later during his remarks on the anniversary of the pandemic that while he’d like Americans to spend July 4th with family, “things may get worse again as new variants of the virus spread.”
“As I told the woman in Pennsylvania, I’ll tell you the truth. July 4th with your loved ones is the goal, but with goals, a lot can happen,” Biden said. “Conditions can change. The scientists have made clear that things may get worse again as new variants of the virus spread. We’ve got work to do to ensure that everyone has the confidence and safety and effectiveness of all three vaccines.”
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“Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After weeks of tumbling case numbers, new infections are on the rise again — about 2% more this past week compared to the previous week, Walensky said Monday.
“Similarly, the most recent seven-day average of deaths has also increased more than 2% … to nearly 2,000 deaths per day.”
President Biden admitted that many Americans had “lost faith” in democracy and the US government over the course of the pandemic during his primetime speech Thursday evening.
“We lost faith in whether our government and our democracy can deliver on really hard things for the American people,” Biden said, adding to comments about all the things the pandemic had taken away.
“As I stand here tonight we’re proving once again something I’ve said time and time again to probably tired of hearing me say, I say to foreign leaders and domestic alike. It is never, ever a good bet to bet against the American people,” he said. “America is coming back.”
Biden pointed to vaccine development and distribution, which he called “a true miracle of science” and the recent Mars rover landing before pivoting to the American Rescue Plan, which he signed earlier on Thursday.