by Elpidio R. Estioko
President Joe Biden, on his 4th of July speech, told the American people that this 245th birthday of our country is a day of special celebration for us to do our part to end the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all.
As I See It, our Independence Day, as envisioned by President Biden, is a unifying force for us to move forward under the present situation. He said that getting vaccinated is the “most patriotic thing you can do.”
Biden also added: “So please if you haven’t gotten vaccinated, do it. Do it now… You know, that is how we’ll stay ahead of these variants and protect the hard-won progress we’ve made. So today, while the virus hasn’t been vanquished, we know this: It no longer controls our lives. It no longer paralyzes our nation. And it is within our power to make sure it never does again.”
The Delta variant has been attacking our fellow Americans in most of our states that are thinly vaccinated. Throughout his remarks, Biden sought to draw a sharp contrast between where the country was a year ago and today, praising the American people for helping to get the virus under control by rolling up their sleeves to get their vaccination shots – at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 4.
Biden stressed the fight is not over yet, referencing the Delta variants of the virus that have concerned medical experts, as cases spike in areas with low vaccination rates.
“Thanks to our heroic vaccine effort, we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus. We can live our lives, our kids can go back to school, our economy is roaring back. Don’t get me wrong – COVID-19 has not been vanquished. We all know powerful variants have emerged like the Delta variant,” Biden said.
Biden delivered a message of unity, urging the country to come together to continue to fight the virus and get back on track.
“You know, history tells us, when we stand together, when we unite in common cause, when we see ourselves not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, then there is simply no limit to what we can achieve. None. Today we see the results of the unity of purpose. The unity of purpose we are forging — we’re our nation,” Biden said.
“For together we’re beating the virus,” he continued. “Together we’re breathing life into our economy. Together we will rescue our people from division and despair.”
The White House will be deploying response teams made up of officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency across the country to areas with a high spread of the Delta variant.
The teams will conduct surge testing, provide therapeutics like monoclonal antibodies and deploy federal personnel to areas that need support staff for vaccinations.
“Today we have the power of science. Thanks to our heroic vaccine effort, we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus. We can live our lives. Our kids can go back to school. Our economy is roaring back,” Biden added.
I agree with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice when he said: “If you’re not vaccinated, you’re part of the problem rather than part of the solution. You know, that’s all there is to it. If we had you vaccinated, less people would die. That’s all there is to it.”
To drum up sustained enthusiasm, the White House came out with a theme for the holiday weekend: “America’s Back Together,” promoting the idea that much of the nation is returning to pre-pandemic lifestyles as Americans get vaccinated.
I go for Biden’s confidence that if we work together, we can suppress the virus that has been bugging us for more than a year now. A unified action is the key to our problem. “We just have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. And there is nothing – nothing we can’t do if we do it together,” Biden echoed.
Again, if we don’t submit to vaccination, we are part of the problem. So, let’s be part of the solution, America!
ELPIDIO R. ESTIOKO was a veteran journalist in the Philippines and a multi-awarded journalist here in the US. For feedbacks, comments… please email the author at email@example.com.
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