19 September 2022


So, on 60 Minutes, Joe Biden declared that the Pandemic is over.

This is both wrong, as we are still seeing at least 400 Covid-19 deaths a day (About 150,000 a year), and Canada is seeing hospitalization and death rates significantly higher than than they were last summer, and it's a lead pipe cinch that the rates will (at least) double during the colder months.

His statement also means that he owns any significant increase in morbidity or mortality that we see in the future.

The problem here is that he is being advised by a public health establishment peopled by psychopaths who (as I have noted earlier) opposed the basic concept of public health, because their fixation on American rugged individualism and a desire to minimize any inconvenience to the masters of capital who want their workers back in the office.

This ignores the fact that there are likely somewhere around 10 million long Covid sufferers who can't go back to work, but I said that they were psychopaths, not evil geniuses: (Intellect and evil are largely orthogonal)

President Biden’s surprise declaration that the coronavirus pandemic is “over” has thrown a wrench into the White House’s efforts to secure additional funding to fight the virus and persuade Americans to get a new booster shot, while fueling more Republican criticism about why the administration continues to extend a covid “emergency.”

Biden’s comments, which aired Sunday on “60 Minutes,” reflect growing public sentiment that the threat of the virus has receded even as hundreds of Americans continue to die of covid each day. Forty-six percent of Americans have returned to their pre-pandemic lives, according to an Axios-Ipsos poll released last week, the highest share of respondents to answer that way since the pollsters began asking the question in January 2021.

“We still have a problem with covid,” Biden said. “We’re still doing a lot of work on it … but the pandemic is over.”

Biden’s remarks caught some senior officials off guard as the White House mounts a fall vaccination campaign, lobbies Congress for billions of dollars to purchase more coronavirus vaccines and treatments, and weighs whether to extend its ongoing public health emergency when it expires next month. The president’s comments also triggered a sell-off on Wall Street, as vaccine manufacturers Moderna, Novavax, BioNTech and Pfizer collectively lost more than $9 billion in value on Monday.

In interviews, six administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment said the president’s statement would probably make it harder to persuade people to get shots or secure new money from Congress, noting those efforts have already lagged behind their goals. Outside supporters also criticized Biden for ignoring uncomfortable realities, such as the large and growing toll of long covid.

It's horrible policy, and worse politics, and it's driven by an insane desire for normalcy when a premature return to normalcy will inevitably to more deaths and lock-downs.

This is Trump level stupidity.


marku52 said...

Hah, Biden is worse than Trump (hard to do but still...) Ended all public health measures, didn't Warp Speed a nasal sterilizing vacccine, and started a war with Russia for no point (do I really care what corrupt a$$hat runs Ukraine?)

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