“COVID-19 pandemic in US ‘is over”: Joe Biden

Given that Covid restrictions have mostly gone countrywide and travel has resumed to pre-pandemic levels, the comments reflect the current situation of much of US society.

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US President Joe Biden stated in an interview on Sunday that the Covid pandemic in the US had ended.

 

Given that Covid restrictions have mostly gone countrywide and travel has resumed to pre-pandemic levels, the comments reflect the current situation of much of US society.

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it…, but the pandemic is over,” Biden told CBS news programme “60 Minutes” in an interview taped as he walked the floor of the Detroit Auto Show last week.

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“If you notice, no one’s wearing masks,” Biden said, gesturing around the hall.

“Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”

The president’s remarks, however, came just a few weeks after his administration asked Congress for billions of dollars in funding to support its testing and immunisation programmes through a predicted fall wave.

 

The Detroit event, which is being held for the first time since 2019, gained attention because of the self-described “car guy” Biden’s trip to Michigan last week.

In a keynote address, Biden highlighted recently adopted legislation to support US manufacturers’ transition to electric vehicles as well as major new investments in semiconductor production.