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“Pandemic is not over,” say Biden and German leader

Yesterday at the Second Global Covid Summit, both US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz took time during their speeches to announce that “the pandemic is not over.”

President Biden made the remarks while speaking about the official US death toll from Covid, which has just passed 1 million.

“There’s still so much left to do – this pandemic isn’t over,” said Biden.

“…Today, we’re at a new stage in fighting this pandemic, facing an evolving set of challenges. We have to double down on our efforts to get shots in people’s arms, country by country, community by community; ensure we have reliable and predictable supplies of vaccines and boosters for everyone, everywhere…we have to prevent complacency.”

He referenced the need to create “next-generation vaccines,” and later added that the world must “prepare for the next health crisis, because there will be others.”

“We have to start working to prevent the next variant and the next pandemic now,” he said.

German chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke along similar lines.

“A well known saying says ‘perception is reality’,” said Scholz.

“But the Covid-19 pandemic is proving this wrong. Our perception might be that Covid is over. Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has overtaken the pandemic in the headlines. And after two long years people are simply sick and tired of reading about Covid.”

However, he added: “The dire reality is, the pandemic is not over.

“…Current outbreaks and new variants of concern show the risk of prolonging the pandemic even further.”

Additionally, European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen stated that it was important to “end the pandemic.”

 

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