Sep 19, 2022

By Jane Brown

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U.S. President Joe Biden has made a good news announcement about the pandemic, saying the U.S. has entered a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic is over,” Biden told CBS’ 60 Minutes, “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it, but the pandemic is over.”

(President Joe Biden and 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley tour the Detroit Auto Show)

“If you notice, no one’s wearing masks,” Biden continued, “Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape.”

Last week, the director-general of the World Health Organization said the pandemic is not over but the end is in sight.

There has been no declaration by public health experts in Canada that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

In fact, Canadian experts warn it would be premature to declare the global health crisis over.

“Psychologically, many people in the public and in government have felt like they want to move on,” said Dr. Fahad Razak, who headed up the recently disbanded group of scientists advising Ontario’s government on COVID-19.

“The question is: are we there yet? And there’s many parts of the system that suggest it’s premature to make that call.”

Coronavirus variants have traditionally cropped up during the fall and winter, leading to a surge in cases and deaths, Razak said, and it stands to reason that could happen again this year.

If we don’t see a new wave during the peak COVID season, he said experts may be more willing to declare the end of the pandemic in the spring.

“I’d like to see us get through the fall and winter with stability in our system,” he said. “And part of that means controlling the virus … to give our health system a chance of functioning to its full extent over the fall and winter.”

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