President Biden declared that "the pandemic is over" during an interview on "60 Minutes" Sunday, despite data collected by Johns Hopkins showing COVID-19 killed 13,000 people across the U.S. over the past month as 2.2 million new infections were reported. "I think it's very premature to say that we see the end is in sight with this pandemic," says Steven Thrasher, author of "The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide." He adds that the sentiment from the nation's leader is dangerous because it discourages people from wearing masks and seeking booster vaccinations, which are still vital to prevent the virus's spread.
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