President Joe Biden has declared the COVID-19 pandemic over in the United States, despite the number of Americans contracting and dying of the virus continuing to rise.
Speaking during a television interview, Biden said that “we’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over.” However, statistics show that over 400 Americans are dying each day on average.
The World Health Organisation said last week that the end of the pandemic is in sight, with Biden pushing the statement forward by said that there is a lot of work being done to control the COVID-19 outbreak.
“If you notice, no-one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. I think it’s changing’ the president told a crowd.
However, administration officials told US media on Monday that the comments did not signal a change in policy and there are no plans to lift the public health emergency.
To date, more than 1.05 million people in America died of the virus, with the country registered 95.5 million cases. Certain federal vaccine mandates remain in place in the US, including on healthcare workers, military personnel and non-US citizens entering the country.