Why Biden says covid-19 pandemic is over

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The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden recently said while granting a media interview that the COVID-19 pandemic is over in the country.

He said 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.”

The US President who said this at the Detroit Auto Show last week in his word gave the reason for his statement which contradicts his aides. He said, “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”

But one of his aides, Dr. Ashish Jha, White House senior COVID-19 officials had told reporters that, “the pandemic isn’t over. And we will remain vigilant, and of course, we continue to look for and prepare for unforeseen twists and turns.”

But Biden’s administration had weeks ago asked Congress for billions of dollars to maintain its testing and vaccination efforts.

COVID-19 deaths are still averaging around 400 a day nationwide, levels that federal health officials have decried as “still too high.”

Officials have also signaled that a public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 is expected to be renewed at least once more this year.

But COVID restrictions have been largely eliminated in the U.S. by local health departments and travel is back at pre-pandemic levels.

The pace of new hospitalizations from the virus has now also slowed dramatically in the wake of the summer wave driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron. Officials have credited widespread immunity from vaccines and prior infections, as well as growing use of COVID-19 treatments like Pfizer’s Paxlovid, for helping to arrest the toll claimed by the virus despite a summer wave of infections.

Jha and others have painted the fall booster push as part of helping ensure Americans can continue to “get back to school, get back to work, and get back into their regular routines after the summer.”

But with the president’s pandemic funding requests still languishing in Congress, administration officials say they are now working to wind down most of the federally subsidized arms of the COVID-19 response.

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