Health Secretary assures US has not overcome pandemic

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Washington, 22.9. US Health Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday that while the country has made significant progress in the fight against COVID compared to last year, the pandemic is not over yet.

“Between 300 and 400 people die from COVID every day. We didn’t get over it,” Becerra told a group of reporters during a visit to a Washington DC vaccination center.

The comments from those responsible for the healthcare portfolio put into perspective statements President Joe Biden made to the CBS network on Sunday, where he assured that “the pandemic is over.”

“What the president said is what everyone feels is that we’re a lot better now” than we were a year ago, Becerra said.

However, Biden’s statement has already found reverberations among Republicans in Congress seeking to overturn the declaration of a national emergency for COVID-19 declared by the White House in 2020 and most recently in February of this year.

A group of 17 House lawmakers wrote a letter Monday calling on Biden to end the measure, and a Republican senator introduced a resolution Thursday for the upper house to vote on.

“The federal government has spent approximately $10 million billion resulting in an economic crisis,” lawmakers wrote in the letter.

Becerra dismissed the idea of ​​lifting the emergency declaration now, saying to make a decision one must wait for a statement from the scientific community.

“We will wait for the scientists to give us a guide and tell us where we stand,” the official assured.

Between August and September 2022, the US reported an average of 356 daily deaths from COVID, and the disease caused by the virus is the third leading cause of death in the country after cancer and heart disease. EFE.

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