Arkansas Governor urges CDC to provide clear path to endemic status

Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonHutchinson warns other GOP governors: Talking about election 2020, a losing strategy Murphy says it’s time for New Jersey to ‘learn how to live’ with COVID-19 preview of Sunday shows: Justice Breyer announces retirement from Supreme Court MORE (R) on Monday called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide clear guidance that will allow states to exit the COVID-19 pandemic and enter endemic status.

“We need the CDC to help us have the right standards to end this pandemic and move to more endemic status,” Hutchinson said during a meeting with President BidenJoe Biden Congress is in danger of lack of closure deadline Senate will get Ukraine, Russia to briefing on Thursday As Social Security field offices reopen, it’s time to expand and revitalize them MOREVice President Harris and other governors as part of a meeting of the National Governors Association.

“And so it’s an important element that we, as governors, in a bipartisan way, hope the CDC can help define it more clearly,” added Hutchinson, president of the association. “We will go from today to more normal.”

The governors had met earlier with Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsBiden Pressured to Cover COVID-19 Testing Through Medicare The Hill’s Morning Report – Who Will Replace Justice Breyer? Overnight Health Care – COVID-19 deaths pass the top from delta rise MOREthe leader of the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

“We have a way of going in my opinion, but we’re moving,” Biden said of the pandemic. “I think it’s about making sure we have the same standards that we apply across the board.”

Biden said the administration would “try like the devil to keep schools open,” something Hutchinson had thanked the president for supporting so clearly.

White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiEXPLAINER: Why US sanctions may be targeted at individual Russians. told reporters at a Monday briefing that the current state of the pandemic and accompanying restrictions is not “the new normal”, noting that the country still sees high levels of infections and hospitalizations.

Hutchinson’s call for a clear set of guidelines to help Americans return to normal life comes as recent polls show that much of the public is tired and frustrated by the pandemic two years after the first cases were discovered in the United States. .

The Arkansas governor has been a consistent partner for the White House on pandemic reports as he has called for vaccinations in a conservative state and praised Biden for his efforts to depoliticize the pandemic.

Updated at 13:24

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