President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will welcome 1,000 essential workers and military family members to the White House on Sunday for a barbecue on the South Lawn in celebration of July 4.
The celebration takes place despite Biden failing to meet his stated goal of getting 70% of American adults vaccinated before the holidays.
To attend the Independence Day event, the first large in-person White House rally since Biden took office in January, those invited must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Masks will not be required, per CDC guidelines for vaccinated people gathering in large numbers.
After the event, where burgers will be served, a 17-minute fireworks display will be set off from both sides of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the event would serve as a celebration of “our independence from the virus,” acting as a marker of progress in the virus. United States response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the same day, the president made it clear that he was determined to have a positive weekend, lashing out at reporters at an event to celebrate the dynamic monthly jobs report released that morning.
“I wanna talk about happy things, man. Look, it’s July 4th, ”the Commander-in-Chief joked. “I’m afraid you will ask me questions which I will answer next week, but it’s holiday weekend.” I will celebrate it. Great things are happening.
“July 4 of this year is different from July 4 of last year,” he added. “And it will be better next year.”
Besides Biden, members of his administration have also started making stops across the country to promote a new phase in the federal response to COVID, despite slowing vaccination rates.
Following the slowdown, the White House said last month it would fall short of President Biden’s goal of having 70% of American adults receive at least one COVID-19 injection by now. The 4th of July.
Jeff Zients, Biden’s COVID-19 response coordinator, blamed the failure on delayed vaccination rates in adults aged 18 to 26, saying the administration had “more work to do” with demographics.
“We believe it will take a few more weeks to reach 70% of all adults with at least one hit with 18-26 year olds taken into account,” Zients said at a press briefing last month.
Currently, at least 70% of adults aged 30 and over have received at least one shot of the vaccine, and the country is on track to meet the same target for those 27 and over by July 4, he said. he also said at the time.
With post wires