President Joe Biden claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was over whereas additionally admitting that the U.S. nonetheless faces issues with the coronavirus throughout a “60 Minutes” phase that aired on CBS on Sunday.

Whereas touring the North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit with Biden, CBS correspondent Scott Kelley requested the president whether or not the pandemic was over, contemplating the return of in-person occasions and lack of masking necessities.

“The pandemic is over,” Biden replied. “We nonetheless have an issue with COVID. We’re nonetheless doing loads of work on it … however the pandemic is over.”

“Should you discover, nobody’s sporting masks. Everyone appears to be in fairly good condition. And so I believe it’s altering. And I believe it is a excellent instance of it,” the president added.

The president’s claims of the pandemic being completed are largely overshadowed by current COVID-19 information within the U.S.

Within the final month, there have been 2.2 million new infections reported within the U.S., with 13,606 deaths, in keeping with John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Based on the New York Instances COVID-19 tracker, the U.S. is averaging round 465 deaths per day.

Simply final week, the top of the World Well being Group stated at a United Nations COVID briefing that the top of the worldwide pandemic “was in sight.”

“We’re not there but. However the finish is in sight,” WHO Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a virtual press conference.

Biden battled COVID-19 in July and continued to check positive weeks after he contracted the virus.

First girl Jill Biden additionally contracted COVID-19 in late August in a “rebound” case.

Biden said in January that COVID-19 is “right here to remain” however supplied optimism on how the virus will probably be dealt with sooner or later.

“Having COVID within the atmosphere and on the planet might be right here to remain, however COVID as we’re coping with it now will not be right here to remain,” Biden stated at the moment. “We’re going to have the ability to management this. The brand new regular will not be going to be what it’s now. It’s going to be higher.”

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