President Joe Biden claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was over whereas additionally admitting that the U.S. nonetheless faces issues with the coronavirus throughout a “60 Minutes” section that aired on CBS on Sunday.
Whereas touring the North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit with Biden, CBS correspondent Scott Kelley requested the president whether or not the pandemic was over, contemplating the return of in-person occasions and lack of masking necessities.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden replied. “We nonetheless have an issue with COVID. We’re nonetheless doing lots of work on it … however the pandemic is over.”
“If you happen to discover, nobody’s carrying masks. All people appears to be in fairly fine condition. And so I feel it’s altering. And I feel it is a excellent instance of it,” the president added.
The president’s claims of the pandemic being completed are largely overshadowed by current COVID-19 knowledge within the U.S.
Within the final month, there have been 2.2 million new infections reported within the U.S., with 13,606 deaths, in accordance with John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. In keeping with the New York Occasions COVID-19 tracker, the U.S. is averaging round 465 deaths per day.
Simply final week, the pinnacle of the World Well being Group mentioned at a United Nations COVID briefing that the top of the worldwide pandemic “was in sight.”
“We aren’t there but. However the finish is in sight,” WHO Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual press conference.
First girl Jill Biden additionally contracted COVID-19 in late August in a “rebound” case.
Biden said in January that COVID-19 is “right here to remain” however provided optimism on how the virus might be dealt with sooner or later.
“Having COVID within the atmosphere and on the earth might be right here to remain, however COVID as we’re coping with it now is just not right here to remain,” Biden mentioned at the moment. “We’re going to have the ability to management this. The brand new regular is just not going to be what it’s now. It’s going to be higher.”