You can label President Joe Biden a lot of things, optimistic, or inspiring, might not be words that immediately come to mind. He delivered an incredibly bleak, dark picture of how the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the U.S. He specifically spoke of large numbers of upcoming deaths, and the 78-year old essentially said COVID-19 can’t be slow down.
“A lot of America is hurting. The virus is surging. We’re 400,000 dead expected to reach well over 600,000,” Biden said. It was just the beginning, as he then commented on what the upcoming months will look like in the half glass empty world he lives in.“There’s nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
Despite Biden’s gloom and doom projections, data shows the US. has reported a decline in COVID-19 cases in recent days. The drop from the past week is significant, down 22% from a week ago according a report from CNBC that analyzed data from Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, usually as naturally pessimistic as Biden said the daily number of cases appears to be turning around, and the tracking data is far better than what Biden projected.
The U.S. administered 1.6 million COVID-19 vaccinations just on Thursday and Friday, and if that pace is kept up, it is a possibility that 100 million vaccine shots could be given out in 100 days.
If that happened, maybe even President Biden would paint a more optimistic tone.