- Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician at George Washington University, agreed with President Joe Biden’s comment that “The pandemic is over” in her Washington Post op-ed on Monday.
- “We’re still doing a lot of work on it ... but the pandemic is over,” the president told CBS’ “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley on Sunday. “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”
- After his comment, The Washington Post published an editorial the following day contradicting Biden’s remarks: “The pandemic is still raging — in the sense that a dangerous virus is infecting, sickening and killing people, mutating to survive and haunting the globe. The pandemic has shifted — and normalcy has returned in many ways — but it is not over.”
- Wen, an advocate of the COVID-19 vaccine and a Washington Post columnist, agreed with Biden’s statement, writing, “He’s right. By multiple definitions, the pandemic is over.”
Dr. Leana Wen agreed with President Joe Biden’s assertion that the pandemic “is over” in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.
In a CBS’ “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday, Biden discussed the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. with correspondent Scott Pelley.
- Texas resident Scott Eli Harris, 52, was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for sending a threatening message to Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and CNN medical analyst known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.
- In his message, Harris swore by his “12 gauge” that he will never take Wen’s “wonder drug” and identified himself as “a 5th generation U.S. Army veteran and a sniper” who “can’t wait for the shooting to start.”
- Harris’ message also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.
- Harris’ defenders said he “sincerely apologizes” for the harm he has caused but pointed out that he was “in the throes of undiagnosed, service-related mental illness” at the time of his offense.
A Texas man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for sending a threatening message to a Maryland doctor known for advocating the COVID-19 vaccine.
The text message sent by Scott Eli Harris, 52, also referenced the Asian American physician’s race and national origin, according to the Justice Department.