In a rare sit-down interview, President Joe Biden said that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, though there are still issues with Covid.
In an interview with Scott Pelley of 60 Minutes, Biden was asked: “Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?”
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Biden, who attended the auto show, said “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s—but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”
Biden and the Democrats have pushed for COVID restrictions. In the interview, Biden defended this, saying that the effects of Covid and the pandemic are not being taken lightly.
“The impact on the psyche of the American people as a consequence of the pandemic is profound,” he said. “Think of how that has changed everything. You know, people’s attitudes about themselves, their families, about the state of the nation, about the state of their communities. And so there’s a lot of uncertainty out there, a great deal of uncertainty. And we lost a million people.”
Biden also said that he was not certain if he would run again in the 2024 election, saying: “Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” saying that he would make his decision after the midterms come November.
Biden also commented on Inflation, saying that it would be kept under control: “I’m telling the American people that we’re gonna get control of inflation,” he said. He added that drug prices would also become lower for Americans, and “Their health care costs are gonna be a lot lower. Their basic costs for everybody, their energy prices are gonna be lower. They’re gonna be in a situation where they begin to gain control again. I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in a long time.”