The national president said that he believes that the COVID pandemic “is over”, but acknowledged that the United States still has a “problem” with the virus that has killed more than 1 million Americans.
After more than 1 million deaths since the virus appeared in the United States, President Joe Biden stressed that “the pandemic is over,” as he confessed in an interview for the CBS network.
Joe Biden in Detroit, with 60 Minutes: "The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over." pic.twitter.com/zkgSwJ79Wf
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 19, 2022
“We still have a problem with COVID. We are still working a lot on it…, but the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one is wearing masks. Everyone seems to be in good shape. And that’s why I think it’s changing,” he noted.
This statement seems to align with the recent words of the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who assured that the world “has never been so close to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic”, after register the lowest number of deaths in the world since the start of the health crisis.
According to CNN data, the US government still designates COVID-19 as a public health emergency and the World Health Organization says it remains a public health emergency of international concern, so comments from the president are more on the side of disease control.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adjusted its COVID guidance to urge the nation to move away from measures like quarantines and social distancing and instead focus on reducing serious illness caused by COVID-19. by this virus, but the agency says that some people, including the elderly, those who are immunocompromised, who have certain disabilities or underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of severe illness and may need to take more precautions.
About 65,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported each day for the past two weeks, data from Johns Hopkins University shows, and reported cases are declining in nearly every state. In the United States, about 400 people die every day from this disease.