President Joe Biden said on Sunday (18.09.2022) 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.
“We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still working 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 there “nobody” wore a mask and everyone seemed to be in “very good shape.”
Just this week, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the world “has never been so close to the end of the Covid-19 pandemic”, after registering the lowest global death toll since the beginning of the crisis.
“We are not there yet, but the end of the pandemic is in sight,” Tedros said at his weekly press conference.
With more than one million deaths, the United States is the country in the world that has recorded the most deaths due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which began in March 2020, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Over the past 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 had a booster dose.
Last August, the CDC stopped recommending social distancing and quarantines for people exposed to the coronavirus.
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