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President Joe Biden was asked by NBC News if COVID is here to stay. Here is his answer:

No. I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID, in the environment here and the world, is probably here to stay. COVID, as we’re dealing with it now, is not here to stay. The new normal doesn’t have to be. 

We have so many many more tools developed, and continue to develop, that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID, so I don’t think this is that.

Take a look: It was very different today than we were a year ago, even though we still have problems. Ninety percent of the schools are open now. It was 98, it’s down to 90 — is open now because we spent the time and money in the recovery act to provide for the ability for schools to remain open.

And, you know, what we’re doing now is we talk about, you know, how we’re dealing with testing. Well, you know, we have been doing now — we have 300 million tests per month so far, and that’s 11 million tests a day. In addition to that, we’re in the process of ordering 500,000 new tests. And so, we’re going to be able to control this. The new normal is not going to be what it is now; it’s going to be better.


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