July 3 (Reuters) – Most U.S. adults are vaccinated but COVID-19 cases are rising. The economy is accelerating but inflation looms. Bipartisan cooperation has improved but political rancor is high.
More than five months into Joe Biden’s presidency, the United States has changed in multiple ways, with a healthier business outlook and a pandemic – at least in many parts of the country – increasingly under control.
But as the world’s largest economy celebrates its 245th birthday on July 4, the Independence Day holiday will not be the full celebration that Biden had hoped, or promised.
A White House goal of vaccinating 70% of adults against COVID-19 with at least one shot will not be met, and legislation to repair the nation’s infrastructure is still far from arriving on Biden’s desk.
Biden will celebrate with a 1,000-person party on the White House lawn and fireworks over the National Mall. Historians said he, and the country, have a reason to do so.
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Heather Timmons and Daniel Wallis
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