With new cases of COVID-19 on the decline, many hoped life in America would soon return to normal. But according to Joe Biden, that’s more of a dream than reality.
According to Breitbart, Biden’s prediction came during a town hall event hosted by CNN. There, host Anderson Cooper asked the president directly: “When are we going to get back to normal?”
“They tell me, be careful not to predict things that you don’t know for certain what’s going to happen because then you’ll be held accountable. I get that,” Biden responded.
“And, now they’re saying, somewhere around 70% of the people have to constitute, some people said 50, 60, but a significant number have to be in a position where they are — they have been vaccinated and/or they’ve been through it…and have antibodies,” he added.
With that, Biden predicted that if everything goes right, a return to normal could come as soon as “next Christmas.”
“So if that works that way, as my mother would say, with the grace of God and the goodwill of the neighbors, that by next Christmas, I think we’ll be in a very different circumstance, God willing, than we are today,” the president said.
The new normal
According to Breitbart, “It remains unclear if Biden meant Christmas 2021 or Christmas 2022.” At CNN’s town hall, Biden also provided a glimpse at what life here in America will look like one year from now, in February 2022, and it involves masks and social distancing.
Still, Biden said “significantly fewer people” will have to take these measures, which he insisted “can save a lot of lives while we’re getting to this point, we get to herd immunity.”
Biden also said he expects the country to have enough vaccines for the coronavirus to “vaccinate every single American” by July.
This, of course, begs the question, why could it take six to 18 more months to see life go back to the way it was before the pandemic?
It seems safe to say that, based on President Biden’s remarks, there’s little to no hope for a return to normalcy in America any time soon.