6 months after Biden touted 'independence' from COVID-19, cases set records

It’s been six months since President Biden said the U.S. was close to declaring "independence from COVID-19," and yet the pandemic still shows no signs of slowing after the country set a global record for the number of cases Monday due to the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The U.S. reported more than 1 million new coronavirus infections on Monday, setting a global record and almost doubling the previous record set last week. Hospitalizations have also skyrocketed across the country, but deaths have held relatively steady in recent weeks.

Biden gave a speech Tuesday maintaining his position that "this continues to be a pandemic of the unvaccinated," even though breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among people who are fully vaccinated continue to rise across the country as new variants emerge. 

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