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From one July Fourth to the next, a look at how the year has changed

FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a Fourth of July event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., the U.S., on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images WASHINGTON - How different a year can look. Last Fourth of July, the Biden administration was in the midst of a nationwide push to get 70% of American adults vaccinated against COVID-19. The White House planned a bash that doubled as a celebration of independence from the virus.

The economy was booming and public approval of President Joe Biden’s job performance was solid. Fast-forward to this Independence Day, and many things have seriously changed. Within weeks, even some of the president’s allies privately admitted that the speech had been premature.

Soon the administration would learn that the delta variant could be transmitted by people who had already been vaccinated. Masks went back on, then came polarizing vaccination mandates. The even-more-contagious omicron variant would arrive months later, infecting millions and causing chaos during the holiday season.President Joe Biden laid out his plan to fight against a new COVID-19 variant called omicron, which has popped up in countries across the world.

The president said sooner or later the variant will arrive in the U.S. and it's cause for "concern, not panic" as officials make preparations to combat the new strain.In May 2022, the COVID death toll topped one million in America — the first country in the world to reach the grim milestone. Now, the coronavirus is indeed less of a threat and infections are far less likely to lead to death, but Congress is refusing to supply more money to deal with the pandemic.The pandemic’s resurgence was swiftly

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