Speaking to CBS' 60 Minutes in a Sunday-aired interview, President Joe Biden declared the COVID pandemic officially "over," saying that while there's "work" to be done to deal with the virus, the crisis itself is over.
"The pandemic is over," Biden told Scott Pelley, while the pair strolled through the Detroit auto show. "We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lotta work on it. It's -- but the pandemic is over."
BIDEN ON 60 MINUTES: “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,”— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 19, 2022
The president's comments are notable, given that some blue cities like Washington, D.C. are still mandating that children as young as 12 be vaccinated with COVID jabs not yet fully authorized by the FDA in order to attend school, while some school districts began the academic year by requiring teachers and students to wear masks. And, despite the pandemic allegedly being "over," according to Biden, the FDA continues to approve boosters to the vaccines for "emergency use" without running them through the usual tests to determine potential long-term effects.