Hundreds of people die on average every day from Covid-19 in the United States. From US President Biden's point of view, the disease remains a problem - but he considers the pandemic to be over. This statement could still cause a stir.
US President Joe Biden has declared the corona pandemic over. "The pandemic is over, but we still have a problem with Covid," Biden said in a TV interview. The interview was recorded on Thursday, including when Biden visited the Detroit Auto Show in Michigan. "As you can see, no one is wearing a mask here. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape, so I think the situation is changing and I think this is a perfect example of that," the US President said.
Biden's comments could cause a stir within his own government. Just a few weeks ago, the US government asked Congress for additional billions to fight the pandemic so that it could continue to offer tests and vaccinations during a possible corona wave in the fall. However, the corona restrictions in the USA have largely been lifted. Travel movements are also back at the level before the corona pandemic.
The US President had tested positive for Corona in July and was treated with the Covid drug Paxlovid. At the end of August, his wife Jill contracted the virus and was also treated with the drug.
In the USA, around 390 people die every day on a seven-day average as a result of Covid 19 disease. US authorities recently approved two corona vaccines adapted to the omicron variant. The two preparations are so-called bivalent mRNA vaccines from the companies Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna.