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Biden suggests Fourth of July celebrations might be canceled

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President Joe Biden suggested “small” outdoor gatherings on the Fourth of July might have to be canceled if people don’t continue getting the vaccine.

“To celebrate our independence from this virus on July 4 with family and friends in small groups, we still have more to do in the months of May and June. We all need to mask up until the number of cases goes down, until everyone has a chance to get their shot,” he said Wednesday.

“Back on March 11, I outlined a vision of what America could look like by the Fourth of July — an America that was much closer to normal life that we left behind more than a year ago,” he added.

However, Biden’s March statements on Fourth of July parties were slammed by Republicans, who argued that the transmission rate of the virus when outdoors is low.

“It was advice for an alternate universe. The president and his advisers may need to get out more,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “Americans are already getting together in small groups outdoors in blue states and red states, in small towns and big cities. The country is not locked down waiting for July 4.”

“If every willing person in America is vaccinated for #COVID19 by May, as POTUS has said, why put our lives on hold till July the 4th?” Sen. John Cornyn tweeted at the time.

Satire site The Babylon Bee also lampooned the statement, running the headline, “Biden Says If Everyone Is On Their Best Behavior He Might Allow Some Limited Freedoms On July 4.”

While former assistant secretary of health, retired Adm. Brett Giroir, said that “by July, we should be almost back to normal with herd immunity, with everybody getting vaccines.”

“I don’t know what reality he’s talking about,” Giroir said. “It seemed very disconnected from the reality and where we are and what the science says. Science says small gatherings outdoors is fine.”

Sen. Rand Paul also sparred with Dr. Anthony Fauci last month over people still wearing face masks even if they are vaccinated.

“If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater?” the Kentucky Republican asked Fauci during a Senate hearing. “If you’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?”

“No, it’s not — here we go again with the theater,” Fauci responded.

“Let me just state for the record that masks are not theater. Masks are protective,” he added.

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