‘The pandemic is over,’ Biden says in TV interview

After greater than 1 million deaths within the U.S. and nearly three years of lockdowns and financial disruption, President Joe Biden declared the coronavirus pandemic is over in an interview that aired Sunday.

Biden mentioned on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that “we nonetheless have an issue with Covid,” however he added: “We’re nonetheless doing lots of work on it. However the pandemic is over.”

CBS Information mentioned the interview was performed Thursday, earlier than the president flew to the UK for observances of the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

The World Well being Group reported final week that new weekly worldwide deaths reached their lowest level within the first week of September because the coronavirus epidemic was declared a pandemic in March 2020. 

“We’re not there but, however the finish is in sight,” WHO Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned at a briefing final week.

NBC Information’ tally, nonetheless, indicated that U.S. Covid deaths have stayed comparatively flat, averaging greater than 500 a day during the last two weeks. 

The virus has killed greater than 1 million folks within the U.S., pummeled the financial system and disrupted college for hundreds of thousands of U.S. kids.

The Nationwide Bureau of Financial Analysis reported final week Covid-19 continues to choke the labor provide. It estimated that recommend Covid diseases have decreased the U.S. labor pressure by a couple of half-million folks, about 0.2% of adults all. 

The pandemic additionally severely disrupted provide chains, resulting in power shortages of key items, inflation, manufacturing facility closures, unloaded delivery containers and different “damaging results on a nation’s financial wellbeing,” FTI Consulting, the worldwide enterprise consulting group, reported early this month.

The Schooling Division, in the meantime, reported early this month that math and studying scores for 9-year-olds nosedived within the first two years of the pandemic — studying scores fell essentially the most in 30 years, whereas math scores fell for first time within the historical past of the exams within the research.

The White Home Covid-19 response coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha, mentioned in an interview with NBC Information’ Lester Holt two weeks in the past that juvenile Covid-19 case numbers proceed to rise at the same time as college students head again to high school. 

Virtually two years since emergency approval of the primary Covid vaccine, most youngsters ages 5 to 11 have acquired solely a primary dose of vaccines, the commonest of which require two doses. Additionally they stay ineligible for booster photographs, that means, Jha mentioned, they’ve “much more restricted” safety from the virus.

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Elsewhere within the CBS interview, Biden mentioned he has but to determine whether or not he’ll search re-election in 2024.

“Look, my intention, as I mentioned to start with, is that I’d run once more,” he mentioned. “Nevertheless it’s simply an intention. However is it a agency choice that I run once more? That is still to be seen.”

Saying, “I’m an amazing respecter of destiny,” Biden mentioned it’s “a lot too early to make that sort of choice.”

“And so what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m going try this job,” he mentioned. “And inside the time-frame that is smart after this subsequent election cycle right here, going into subsequent 12 months, make a judgment on what to do.”

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