CDC Director Rochelle Walensky refused to agree with Biden’s claim that the Covid pandemic is over

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr Rochelle Walensky has clashed with President Joe Biden’s claim that the coronavirus pandemic is over, preferring instead to say ‘we’re in a different place’.

Speaking to ABC News, Walensky refused to agree with Biden’s declaration that the pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, but acknowledged how hospitalizations and case rates are falling thanks to the widespread availability of vaccines.

Biden made his comments during an appearance on CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday.

‘The epidemic is over. We still have problems with covid. We’re still working on it a lot, but the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one is wearing a mask. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape and so I think that’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of that,’ Biden said while touring the Detroit Auto Show last week – an event that drew thousands of spectators.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky refused to agree with the president’s claim that the pandemic is over, saying ‘we’re in a different place.’

During an interview with CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, Biden claimed that the pandemic is finally over

The number of the Covid-19 pandemic has dropped significantly since the beginning of Biden’s term when more than 3,000 Americans were dying each day, as better care, drugs and vaccines became more widely available, but only about 400 people die from Covid each day, according to the US Centers for Disease Control. 19 in the United States, according to CDC.

Director Walensky was careful to choose his words during the interview: ‘I think if we look at the big picture, things are very different. We are in another place. Schools are open and businesses are open. Right now a lot of our population has immunity.’

However, he noted that while hundreds of Americans were still dying from the virus, the death rate was still very high.

The CDC continues to monitor the emergence of any new forms of concern.

Biden announced the end of the pandemic while touring the Detroit auto show last week — an event that drew thousands of spectators.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is pictured receiving her Covid booster shot.

‘We’ll be ready to step up to the plate,’ he said.

‘We’ve seen it over and over [that] Our vaccines are working very well against serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths, even when variants emerge, which is why it’s so important to go ahead and get your updated vaccine now,’ Walensky encouraged.

Scientists point to emerging research that suggests the latest Omicron variant gaining ground in the US – BA.4.6 appears to be better at evading the immune system than the dominant BA.5.

Omicron has been around since late last year, with a series of super transmissible versions quickly displacing each other.

Experts say Covid will cause serious illness in some people.

The COVID-19 Scenario Modeling Hub has projected some epidemics from August 2022 to May 2023, assuming that new tweaked boosters will add protection for new Omicron relatives and a booster campaign in the fall and winter. In the most pessimistic scenario—a new variant and a late booster—they estimate 1.3 million hospitalizations and 181,000 deaths over that period.

In the most optimistic scenario—no new variant and no primary booster—they estimate more than half the number of hospitalizations and 111,000 deaths.

US health officials say 4.4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the updated COVID-19 booster shot.

Booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are displayed at a vaccine clinic in Vermont earlier this week Public health experts lament President Joe Biden’s recent comments that the ‘pandemic is over’

Health experts said it was too early to predict whether demand would match the 171 million doses of new boosters ordered by the United States for the fall.

Walsonski also recommends that people get their flu shots for fear of a severe influenza season.

He believes up to 100,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 9,000 deaths could be prevented if Americans get the updated COVID booster at the same rate as annual flu shots this fall.

‘We know some people have not chosen to get their flu shot over the past few years. We have reduced the rate of flu over the last several years and that is probably due to the many mitigation strategies we have in place for COVID. When this happens, we have reduced immunity levels in the population, which raises the concern that next year, you may have a higher, bigger flu challenge. We can’t predict what the flu season will look like, but we have concerns.’

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