President Joe Biden pronounced the COVID-19 pandemic to be over in the US. The US President stated that things are moving in the right direction even if “we’re still doing a lot of work on it”.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) director stated last week that the pandemic’s end was “in sight.” President Biden stated that the US was still putting in “a lot of work” to manage the virus in an interview with CBS.
Part of the interview, which was aired over the weekend, was recorded on the floor of the Detroit Auto Show while the President waved to fans. “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks,” the President commented. “Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. I think it’s changing.”
There were no intentions to end the continuing COVID-19 public health emergency, administration officials told US media on Monday, and the comments did not indicate a change in policy. In August, US government representatives extended the public health emergency—which has been in effect since January 2020—to October 13th.
More Than a Million Americans Have Perished
More than a million Americans have perished as a result of COVID-19. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than three thousand fatalities in the last week alone, bringing the seven-day average to over four hundred.
Comparatively, within a single week in January 2021, the virus was believed to have killed nearly twenty-three thousand individuals. It is estimated that sixty-five percent of Americans have received all recommended vaccinations.
In the US, there are still some federal vaccination requirements, including those for medical professionals, service members, and certain foreign nationals flying into the country.
A number of prominent Republicans criticized the President’s comments, with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeting, “Biden now says ‘the pandemic is over’ as he’s kicking tens of thousands of healthy soldiers out of the military with his COVID vaccine mandate.”
Although public health officials continue to recommend that people exercise caution, they have recently expressed cautious confidence that the world is creeping towards a pandemic recovery. The situation has improved, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who spoke on Monday.
However, in speaking to a Washington, D.C. think tank, Fauci maintained that the daily fatality rate remained “unacceptably high.”
Dr. Fauci said, “We are not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to ‘live with the virus.'”
Additionally, he issued a warning that new COVID-19 variations might potentially manifest, particularly during the upcoming winter. Federal health officials have urged Americans to maintain a current vaccination schedule, and the US recently authorized new vaccines corresponding to the form of the Omicron strain that is currently prevalent in the nation.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of WHO, stated last week that the world has, “never been in a better position to end the pandemic.”
He said, “We are not there yet, but the end is in sight.”
COVID-19 Continuing to Have Severe Impact on US Economy
The National Bureau of Economic Research reported last week that COVID-19-related sickness had reduced the US workforce by around five hundred thousand people. COVID-19 certainly continues to have a severe impact on the US economy.
According to President Biden, the pandemic has had a “profound” effect on Americans’ mental health. He said, it has “changed everything…people’s attitudes about themselves, their families, about the state of the nation, about the state of their communities. It’s been a very difficult time, very difficult.”
Since the pandemic started, more than 6.5 million people have perished worldwide. The US, India, and Brazil have been hit with the largest mortality tolls.