President Joe Biden said on Sunday (09.18.2022) that the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States is over.
“The pandemic is over,” the president, who contracted the virus about two months ago, said in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes program.
“We still have a problem with Covid. We’re 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.” the president added.
In the interview, recorded at the Detroit auto show, which Biden visited last Wednesday, he gave as an example that “nobody” was wearing a mask there and everyone seemed to be in “very good shape.”
This same week, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, assured that the world “has never been so close to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic”, after registering the highest global figure drop in deaths since the beginning of the crisis.
“We are not there yet, but the end of the pandemic is in sight,” Tedros stressed at his weekly press conference.
With more than one million dead, the United States is the country in the world that has registered the most deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in March 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
During the last week, there were an average of about 60,000 daily infections and about 400 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
67.7% of the US population is vaccinated against Covid-19 and, of that group, 48.6% have received a booster dose.
Last August, the CDC stopped recommending social distancing and quarantines for people exposed to the coronavirus.