Biden declares that the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. is now “over.”

Biden stated that the COVID-19 pandemic in America is over during a Sunday interview on “60 Minutes”.

“The pandemic is over. There is still a problem with COVID. It’s still a big problem. … “But the pandemic has ended,” Mr. Biden stated.

As he was walking the Detroit Auto Show floor last week, the interview was completed. As he walked the hall, Mr. Biden noticed that no one was wearing masks. Everyone seems to be in good health. It’s definitely changing. This is an excellent example.

His comments were made just a few weeks following his administration’s request for billions of dollars from Congress to support its vaccination and testing efforts.

This statement contradicts the statements of his aides, who earlier this month urged Americans to find an updated booster in advance of a possible fall or winter wave of the virus.

“The pandemic continues. We will continue to be vigilant and, of course, we continue looking for and preparing for unexpected twists and turns,” Dr. Ashish Jaha, the White House’s COVID-19 chief, said to reporters on September 6.

Still, COVID-19-related deaths average around 400 per day in the United States. Federal health officials decry these levels as “still too high”.

Officials also indicated that the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 will be renewed at least one more time this year.

However, COVID restrictions in the U.S. have been mostly eliminated by local health departments. Travel is now back to pre-pandemic levels.

In the wake of Omicron’s summer wave, the pace of hospitalizations for the virus has slowed down. Officials credit widespread immunity to vaccines and previous infections as well as the growing use COVID-19 treatments such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid for helping to stop the virus from infecting more people than it did during the summer.

Jha and others see the fall booster push in the context of helping Americans “get back to college, get back on the job, and get back into their routines after the summer.”

Officials from the administration say that they are working to end most federally subsidized COVID-19 responses, despite President Obama’s pandemic funding requests languishing in Congress.

President Obama cited the pandemic to explain his low approval rating of well below 50%.

Scott Pelley, CBS News correspondent, said that “This is a very difficult time.” We are at an inflection moment in the country’s history. We are going to make decisions and we are making them now. These decisions will determine how we look in the next ten year. You would agree, I think, that the effects of the pandemic on the American psyche are profound.”

Think about how it has changed everything. People’s attitudes towards themselves, their families and the nation as a whole, as well their views of their own communities, are all affected. There’s a lot, a lot of uncertainty. We lost one million people. The president stated that COVID had displaced a million people.

“When I was elected to office, only 2,000,000 people had been vaccinated. I was able to get 220 million. It takes time. It was a difficult situation. It’s been very difficult. It was very difficult.”

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