Critics: Pandemic is Not Over Yet

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Over the weekend, in CBS’ “60 minutes” Pres. Biden told that the Covid pandemic is over, which got pushed back from his own health experts as well as by others.

President Joe Biden lit a firestorm of controversy this week when he said in an interview that “the pandemic is over”: Is it really over? How do we know? Who gets to decide?

– From: CNN

J. Alex Navarro, assistant director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, told CNN “I think we were all a little bit shocked when President Biden said what he said on’60 Minutes,’ but I also think that in many ways, he was reflecting what many Americans already think and feel. Declaring a pandemic over is a little different than declaring a local epidemic over. To declare a pandemic over, you need to have various regions of the world having their epidemics over. So it looks a little bit different, I think.”

Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Security, told CNN “There’s not an official designation-holder. WHO will acknowledge that we’re in a pandemic, but it’s not as if somebody calls it a pandemic and then says the pandemic is over.”

WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevik, reportedly told in email to CNN “WHO does not have a mechanism for declaring or ending a ‘pandemic,’ . Instead, WHO will continue to assess the need for the public health emergency, and an expert committee meets every three months to do that.”

Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN “That’s one of the challenges we have is, we don’t have a good definition of when the pandemic begins or when it ends.”