US President Joe Biden said in an interview on Sunday that the “pandemic is over” even as the United States is still battling coronavirus infections that are killing hundreds of Americans every day.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden said Wednesday in an interview with CBS backstage at the Detroit Auto Show.
“We still have the Covid-19 problem. We are still working hard on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one is wearing a mask. Everything seems to be working fine. So I think the situation is changing,” he added.
The death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic has dropped dramatically since the early days of Biden’s presidency, when more than 3,000 Americans died every day, as improved treatments, drugs and vaccines became more widely available.
But the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 400 people die from COVID-19 every day in the United States.
Biden has asked Congress for $22.4 billion in additional funding to prepare for a potential spike in coronavirus injuries in the fall.