In his first sit-down interview in seven months on Sunday, President Joe Biden declared that the Covid pandemic is over.
In an aired clip on CBS, the president is seen walking around an auto show alongside an interviewer, when 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley asks “Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?”
To this, the President responded, “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s—but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.”
In stark reality to his casual comment, the interview was broadcast only days after New York City fired 850 teachers and teachers’ aides after they failed to get the COVID vaccine by the September 5 deadline. That brought the total number of staff fired by the department of education since the vaccine mandate took effect to 1,950.
During the same interview Biden said that if China attacked Taiwan, the US would swoop in to defend them. “Would US Forces defend the island?” Pelley asked. “Yes,” Biden said, “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
Soon afterward, the White House walked that back, as they have done in the past when Biden made claims that the US would “militarily defend” Taiwan.
To press on the matter further, Pelley asked: “So unlike Ukraine, to be clear, sir, U.S. Forces, US men and women would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?” “Yes,” Biden said.