Covid remains a global emergency but end could be in sight: WHO
Coronavirus: The comments come after US President Joe Biden declared "the pandemic is over" in an interview aired on Sunday.
The coronavirus pandemic remains a global emergency but the end could be in sight if countries use the tools at their disposal, a spokesperson for the World Health Organisation told a briefing on Tuesday.
The comments come after US President Joe Biden declared "the pandemic is over" in an interview aired on Sunday.
US President Joe Biden said in an interview aired Sunday that the Covid pandemic in the United States is over.
With Covid restrictions largely eliminated in the country and travel having rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, the comments were reflective of the current status of much of US society.
"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," Biden told the CBS news program "60 Minutes" in an interview taped as he walked the floor of the Detroit Auto Show last week.
"If you notice, no one's wearing masks," Biden said, gesturing around the hall.
"Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it's changing."
The president's remarks, however, come only a few weeks after his administration asked Congress for billions of dollars in funding to maintain its testing and vaccine programs through a potential fall wave.