Biden on Pandemic: We’ve gained the upper hand, but Covid not yet vanquished • FRANCE 24 English

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    US President Joe Biden celebrated the nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday, July 4th calling on Americans to do their part to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden mourned the people who died and praised Americans who aided in the country’s emergency response. He then proclaimed that vaccines were the best defense against new variants of the virus and “the most patriotic thing you can do.” Thomas Gift observed, “This has been one of the big challenges of the Biden administration. He’s trying to convince a good portion of Americans that actually getting their vaccine is a civic duty.” This has been no easy task, as the health crisis has been heavily politicized since the early days of the pandemic. Further complicating matters has been the lack of a unified national response. Mr. Gift noted that “this goes back to the United States federal system, that so many of these decisions are relegated to states and, in some cases, localities.” Thomas Gift is a Lecturer in Political Science at the University College London (UCL) and founding Director of the Centre on US Politics (CUSP).

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