Despite the alarming number of deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, US President Joe Biden declared that the outbreak was over during an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes." According to the CDC, hundreds of Americans die each day from the virus.
Biden's declaration came after more Americans succumbed to the coronavirus under his watch than under Donald Trump, who was the previous president. During the interview, CBS' Scott Pelley asked if the pandemic was over.
Despite declaring the pandemic over, Biden noted that the country still has a problem with the virus. However, he noted that the situation is starting to improve as people are starting to show signs of recovery.
According to a report by the website politico.com, Biden's declaration was not part of his planned remarks. It also caught the attention of his own health officials.
During his interview, Biden noted that the pandemic has had a significant impact on the American people's psyche. He said that the outbreak has caused people's attitudes toward themselves and their families to change. He also said that the country lost a million individuals.