US President Joe Biden said on Friday that as the US grapples with skyrocketing cases of COVID-19 “as we are dealing with it, it is no longer here to stay.”
“But the environment — here and in the world — is probably here to stay,” he told reporters after a speech on the economy at the White House.
“We have many more tools that are evolving and evolving, which may include COVID and other types of COVID,” the president said.
His administration was criticized for failing to meet demand for COVID test kits during the holiday season, which coincided with the rapid spread of the Omron version.
The United States has the world’s highest number of Covid deaths, with over 830,000. And it recorded more than a million new cases on Monday, its highest daily rate since the start of the pandemic.
“We’re going to be able to control it,” Biden said.
“The new normal isn’t going to be what it is now; it’s going to get better.”