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President Biden celebrated what he called “independence from a deadly virus” in his Fourth of July address this week. Despite missing his goal of having 70 per cent of American adults receive at least one vaccine dose by July 4 (falling short by only three per cent), the President remained upbeat about the future of America, as a thousand visitors celebrated Independence Day on the White House Lawns in a glimmer of returned normality. The White House event provided a start contrast with Australia, where many continue to face various stages of lockdown as a result of a recent surge in COVID cases (see this week's By the Numbers feature below to see a quantitative comparison of the two countries).