President Joe Biden used his Independence Day speech to stress that the United States is nearly independent of the COVID-19 pandemic, urging more people to get vaccines against the lethal virus, commonly called the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, that originated from China.

“Two hundred and forty-five years ago we declared independence from a distant king,” Biden delivered his remarks on Sunday, July 4.

“Today, we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. That’s not to say the battle against COVID-19 is over. We’ve got a lot more work to do,” he added.

Biden said that COVID-19 will no longer paralyze the United States, but “it is within our power to make sure it never does again.”

During his speech, Biden called for the American people to put aside their differences to fight the pandemic.

“Together we’re beating the virus. Together we are breathing life into our economy. Together we’ll rescue our people from division and despair. But together we must do it,” he said.

Biden spoke at the White House with a barbecue on the South Lawn before a crowd of military families and frontline workers. He continued to urge more people to get vaccines, saying that it is the most patriotic thing Americans can do.

“My fellow Americans, it is the most patriotic thing you can do, so please if you have not gotten vaccinated. Do it now. Do it for yourselves, your loved ones, and your communities,” the president said.

“The best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated,” he continued.

Biden made the remarks as his administration has failed to meet its goal to have 70% of population get at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 4, according to The Hill, which citing the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 67% of U.S. adults have received at least one vaccine shot as of Sunday morning.

The data also showed that roughly 58% of the adults have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Biden also stresses the “America Together” unity at the July 4 event, but First Lady Jill Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris went separate ways for the weekend holiday.

While Biden was in Michigan, the first lady was in New England to discuss how far the country has come since the COVID-19 pandemic shut it down last March and April, Fox News reported.

Meanwhile, Harris stopped at a union training center in Las Vegas to meet with volunteers packing emergency food boxes for families who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic.