Biden: ‘The pandemic is over’

President Biden declared the coronavirus pandemic “over” in an interview that aired Sunday, pointing to the return of large events and the lack of masking and other public

health measures in place nationwide. “The pandemic is over,” Biden told “60 Minutes” from the Detroit auto show last Wednesday, the first time the even has been held

since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s — but the pandemic is over. 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.” The United States is still

recording an average of more than 400 deaths per day from COVID-19, according to New York Times data, and more than 1 million Americans have died from the virus since the pandemic

began in early 2020. Highly contagious variants have spread throughout the globe, making it nearly impossible to fully eradicate COVID-19. As a result, the

Biden administration has focused its messaging on the importance of getting vaccinated and receiving booster shots to increase immunity, as well as the wide availability of of

antiviral pills and other forms of treatment for those who contract the virus. Biden himself contracted COVID-19 in July, but experienced only mild symptoms, according

to his doctor. Officials credited his mild case to being fully vaccinated and taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid.