Biden: “The pandemic is over”

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. Yes, but the pandemic is over,” Biden said.

The US government still designates Covid-19 as a Public Health Emergency and the World Health Organization says it remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. But the president’s comments follow other hopeful comments from global health leaders.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, told a press conference last week that the end of the Covid-19 pandemic was “in sight” and that the world has never been in a better position to end Covid. -19 pandemic

“Last week, the number of reported weekly deaths from Covid-19 was the lowest since March 2020,” Ghebreyesus said. “We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic. We are not yet, but the end is in sight.”

Last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adjusted its Covid-19 guidance to move the nation away from measures like quarantines and social distancing and instead focus on reducing serious illness from Covid-19. But the agency says some people, including the elderly, those who are immunocompromised, have certain disabilities or underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of serious illness and may need to take extra precautions.

About 65,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported each day in the past two weeks, data from Johns Hopkins University show, and reported cases are declining in almost every state. In the United States, about 400 people are dying every day due to Covid-19. While official case counts are far from indicative of true transmission levels, projections published by the CDC suggest that there will be new hospitalizations and deaths in the next month.

For people hospitalized for Covid-19, the risk of death fell to an all-time low during the Omicron wave, according to a study published by the CDC last week. The researchers suggest that there were several factors contributing to the improved mortality risk: a high level of immunity, both from vaccinations and previous infection, advances in treatments and the properties of the Omicron subvariants, which made them less likely to cause disease.

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CNN’s Naomi Thomas and Deidre McPhillips contributed to this report.