Gov. DeSantis, Fauci push back on President Biden’s comments saying the ‘pandemic is over’
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived back in Washington on Monday night after attending Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral.
But in D.C, the President faced questions about comments he made one day earlier about COVID-19 on the CBS television show “60 Minutes.”
Biden, who was on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, commented first on the covid-19 pandemic:
“The pandemic is over, said Biden. “We still have a problem the COVID–we are still doing a lot of work on it but the pandemic is over.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back on the president’s comments in a tweet.
“Biden declared the pandemic is over, so when will he let those discharged from the military due to vax mandates return to protecting our country?” asked DeSantis.
The US government still designates COVID as a public health emergency.
According to the World Health Organization, COVID remains a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Biden’s remarks come as Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Americans to “Not let their guard down.”
“As we get into this coming late fall and winter it is likely that we will see another variant emerge,” said Fauci.
The World Health Organization says that 19.4 million new cases were reported worldwide from August 16 to September 17.
“During that time period, 2.5 million cases were reported in the US,” said the World Health Organization.
In response, the White House is calling on Congress to lock down more than $22 billion dollars to fight the virus.
“I think the President was reflecting what so many Americans are feeling and thinking,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. ”That COVID has disrupted our lives for so long.”