The US president says the pandemic is over

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The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has said that the coronavirus pandemic he is “finished” in his country.

Biden made the statement during an interview Sunday night on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” but acknowledged that the United States still has a “problem” with the virus that has killed more than six million people worldwide.

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID-19. We’re still doing a lot of work on that, but the pandemic is over,” Biden said.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) according to the World Health Organization (WHO), but the president’s comment comes after the WHO hinted at a possible end of the pandemic.

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WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus told a news conference last week that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic was “in sight” as the number of newly reported infections has continued to decline significantly.

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

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Last week, the WHO published six policy briefs, in a bid to help countries do what is necessary to eradicate the virus.

The world health organization said the policy briefs were based on evidence and experiences from the past 32 months, outlining what works best to save lives, protect health systems and prevent social and economic disruption.

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“These policy briefs are an urgent call for governments to take a hard look at their policies and strengthen them for COVID-19 and future pathogens with pandemic potential,” Ghebreyesus said.

He also urged nations to vaccinate 100 percent of their high-risk groups and continue testing for the virus.

The WHO has warned of the possibility of future waves of the virus, saying countries must maintain adequate supplies of medical equipment and health workers.

Globally, as of September 16, there were 608,328,548 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,501,469 deaths that were reported to the WHO.

As of September 13, a total of 12,613,484,608 doses of vaccines had been administered.

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