"If every willing person in America is vaccinated for #COVID19 by May, as POTUS has said, why put our lives on hold till July the 4th?" Sen. John Cornyn tweeted at the time.
Satire site the Babylon Bee also lampooned the statement, running the headline, “Biden Says If Everyone Is On Their Best Behavior He Might Allow Some Limited Freedoms On July 4.”
While former assistant secretary of health, retired Adm. Brett Giroir, said that “by July, we should be almost back to normal with herd immunity, with everybody getting vaccines.”
“I don’t know what reality he’s talking about,” Giroir said. “It seemed very disconnected from the reality and where we are and what the science says. Science says small gatherings outdoors is fine.”
Sen. Rand Paul also sparred with Dr. Anthony Fauci last month over people still wearing face masks even if they are vaccinated.
"If we're not spreading the infection, isn't it just theater?” the Kentucky Republican asked Fauci during a Senate hearing. “If you've had the vaccine and you're wearing two masks, isn't that theater?"
"No, it's not — here we go again with the theater,” Fauci responded.
"Let me just state for the record that masks are not theater. Masks are protective," he added.