US President Joe Biden has declared that the “pandemic is over” as the country continues to record new Covid-related deaths. “We still have a problem with Covid,” Biden said on the CBS network’s popular show ’60 Minutes,’ which aired Sunday. “We still have a lot of work to do. But the pandemic is over… if you notice, no one is wearing masks. Everyone seems to be doing well. So I think that’s changing,” Biden said.
Biden commented on the Covid situation during an interview taped Wednesday on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show, where a large crowd was present.
The number of Covid deaths has dropped significantly since the start of Biden’s term, when more than 3,000 Americans a day were dying before care, drugs and vaccines became widely available. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 400 people die from Covid-19 on a daily basis in the United States.
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Since July, Biden has spent nearly two weeks in isolation at the White House after two bouts with Covid-19. His wife, Jill, contracted the virus in August.
Biden said the milder cases are a testament to improvements in care during his presidency. Biden has asked Congress for an additional $22.4 billion in funding for the caseload surge in the fall.
Meanwhile, one of America’s top health economists, Dr. Eric Feckl-Ding, responded to the US president’s claims on Twitter.
“Damn it. Sincerely, @JoeBiden — you’re wrong. The epidemic is not over. Nearly 3,000 Americans die from #COVID19 every week. 9/11 is a big deal every week. “Don’t even get me started on the #LongCovid-still wreaking havoc on millions,” he tweeted.
— Eric Feigel-Ding (@DrEricDing) September 19, 2022
According to the CDC’s own data, 93.89% of counties in the United States are experiencing substantial or high community transmission of COVID, the US health expert added.
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