In a primetime address from the White House on Thursday, U.S. President Joe Biden marked one year since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, and pledged to start getting the country back to normal by July 4.
"That will make this Independence Day something truly special. Where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but we begin to mark our independence from this virus."
It's a new goal for the president, who signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law just hours earlier...
That relief bill is set to provide direct payments of $1,400 to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, and increased funding for distributing vaccines.
Biden also said Thursday evening he would direct U.S. states to make all adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by May 1, and that an additional 4,000 U.S. troops would help the vaccine rollout.
But he warned Americans to remain vigilant as some states begin lifting social distancing restrictions.
"We need everyone to get vaccinated. We need everyone to keep washing their hands, stay socially distant, and keep wearing a mask as recommended by the CDC. Because even if we devote every resource we have, beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity."
Biden had promised to deliver 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, but said the U.S. is on track to hit that goal by his 60th day.
About 10 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated so far.