Progressive commentators used social media to lash out at President Joe Biden’s remarks that “the Pandemic is over.”
“The Pandemic is over,” the President said. “We still have a problem with Covid; we’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over.” He noted at the Detroit Auto Show that “no one is wearing masks. Everyone seems to be in pretty good shape.”
“One of the reasons they’re not wearing masks is because people like Biden keep (falsely) telling them the pandemic is over,” said pundit Mehdi Hasan.
Biden’s remarks were attacked up and down the political spectrum. His off-the-cuff remarks caught his staff off guard. Biden’s declaration undercuts the administration’s efforts to secure more than $22 billion in new Covid relief funding from Congress as well as push vaccine boosters. Republican lawmakers argue that there is still unspent money from earlier COVID-19 funding to be allocated before more money if allocated.
In a flury of tweets, progressives decried the President’s comments as irresponsible while conservatives called for the rescission of national emergency declarations.
“My goodness these folks are clueless. It’s no wonder the party is a train wreck… is going to apparently be my tweet theme through November and beyond since democrats keep playing these games with our lives. You don’t get to just declare a global pandemic over, Mr. @POTUS,” tweeted Rep. Attica Scott (D-KY).
Meanwhile, conservatives were calling for an end to mandates.
If “the pandemic is over” as Biden says, then all of the President’s emergency powers predicated on a pandemic, all COVID vax mandates, the emergency powers of every governor, Emergency Use Authorizations, and the PREP act should all be voided tomorrow,” tweeted Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie (R).
Former Sec. of State Mike Pompeo called for the reinstatement of the U.S. military previously discharged because of refusal to take the vaccine. “Biden now says “the pandemic is over” as he’s kicking tens of thousands of healthy soldiers out of the military with his COVID vaccine mandate. These soldiers should be reinstated immediately.”
“With the pandemic officially over, now it’s time to end all vaccine mandates,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tweeted.
Additionally, considering the President’s remarks, the stocks of the makers of the vaccine have declined. BioNTech BNTX, Moderna MRNA and Novavax NVAX stocks declined 8.6%, 7.1% and 6.5%, respectively. Pfizer PFE, BioNTech’s partner, declined around 1.3%. This is because COVID-related vaccines and products were their only top-line drivers. The stocks of BioNTech and Moderna have risen almost 300% and 400%, respectively since March 2020 when the pandemic started.