İrem UZUN -TDO- President Joe Biden has said he is hopeful that America can "mark independence" from COVID-19 on 4 July if people get vaccinated.
Biden, in his first primetime address as president, said every U.S. adult should be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning May 1 and that it's possible family and friends may be able to safely gather together in small groups by July 4. “A year ago we were hit with a virus that was met with silence and spread unchecked,” Biden said on the day he signed into law a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. “While it was different for everyone, we all lost something. A collective something, a collective sacrifice.”
In his speech, President said he did not expect large events to be able to go ahead, but he hoped small groups could meet again. "If we do this together, by 4 July, there is a good chance you, your family and friends can get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day," he said. "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."
The president also announced an additional 4,000 U.S. troops will help in the vaccination effort, bringing the total to 6,000. The White House is also seeking to expand the pool of people able to administer shots to include dentists, optometrists, paramedics, veterinarians and medical students.