President Joe Biden Says ‘Pandemic is Over’ Amidst Mixed Reactions
In an interview aired on Sunday, US President Joe Biden said that while the Covid problems still persist, there is a lot of work being done, and “the pandemic is over.” He commented that nobody was wearing masks anymore and all seem to be in “good shape.” President Biden’s comments came as the United States continues to experience hundreds of deaths attributable to COVID each day and as Biden’s administration requested an additional $22.4 billion from Congress to keep supporting the fight against the disease.
According to reports, the director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Eric Topol, said that the was having too much faith in the brand-new bivalent boosters, and has accused him of ‘magical thinking.’ Others pointed out that the United States is experiencing casualties comparable to 9/11 every week due to COVID, which is hardly evidence that the virus has been completely contained.
Dr. Eric Fegl-Ding, a leading health economist in the US, responded to the President’s claim on “60 Minutes.” The epidemiologist noted that although the COVID-19 pandemic’s death toll has drastically decreased, it is still responsible for almost 3,000 deaths in the United States each week. According to statistics, the virus kills 400 or more Americans on average every day. Data from Johns Hopkins University reveals that there have been more than 3,000 fatalities in the previous week, bringing the seven-day average to over 400. Over a million Americans have succumbed to the pandemic to this point.
Public health authorities have recently expressed cautious confidence that the world is moving closer to a pandemic recovery, but they have not stopped advising people to exercise caution. Federal health officials have urged Americans to maintain a current vaccination schedule. Covid-19 response coordinator for the White House Ashish Jha stated on September 6 that it signaled a “significant change” in the fight against the virus but emphasized the need to “prepare for unforeseen twists and turns.”
The world has “never been in a stronger position to end the pandemic,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, made a statement last week. However, he also said that we are “not there yet,” but indicated the end was close.
New York state, after 28 months, only recently eased the Covid mask rule in public transport despite the ease in the mask rule nationwide in April, after a federal judge ruled that the directive was unlawful.