Just a few days after the head of the World Health Organization said that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is “in sight,” President Joe Biden declared the pandemic to be “over” during a Sunday night appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden said. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it.”
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, recently explained that even though last week’s number of weekly reported deaths was the lowest since March 2020, now is not the time to let up on precautionary efforts.
“A marathon runner does not stop when the finish line comes into view; she runs harder with all the energy she has left,” Tedros said. “So must we. We can see the finish line, we are in a winning position, but now is the worst time to stop running. Now is the time to run harder and make sure we cross the line and reap the rewards of all our hard work.”
Biden was also asked during the TV interview whether U.S. armed forces would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.
“Yes, if in fact, there was an unprecedented attack,” Biden answered.
The full interview with Biden can be watched here.