President Joe Biden claimed the COVID-19 pandemic was over while admitting the United States still faces issues with the coronavirus during a “60 Minutes” segment that aired on CBS on Sunday.
While touring the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with Biden, CBS correspondent Scott Kelley asked the president if the pandemic was over, given the return of in-person events and lack of masking requirements.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden replied. “We still have a problem with COVID. We are still working on it a lot… but the pandemic is over.
“If you notice, no one is wearing a mask. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think that’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of that,” the president added.
The president’s claims that the pandemic is over are largely overshadowed by recent data on COVID-19 in the United States
In the past month, 2.2 million new infections have been reported in the United States, with 13,606 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. According to The New York Times COVID-19 trackerthe United States averages about 465 deaths per day.
Just last week, the head of the World Health Organization told a United Nations COVID briefing that the end of the global pandemic “is in sight”.
“We are not there yet. But the end is in sight,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. said during a virtual press conference.
Biden fought COVID-19 by July and I kept trying positive weeks after contracting the virus.
First lady Jill Biden also contracted COVID-19 in late August in a “rebound” case.
Biden said in January that COVID-19 is “here to stay” but offered optimism on how the virus will be handled in the future.
“Having COVID in the environment and in the world is probably here to stay, but COVID as we are dealing with it now is not here to stay,” Biden said at the time. “We will be able to control this. The new normal will not be what it is now. It will get better. »
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