President Biden on Friday said life may not return to normal in 2021 due to COVID-19 mutations and possible interruptions in US vaccine production.
Biden said at a Pfizer vaccine factory in Portage, Mich., that mutations of the virus and unforeseen vaccine production blips could extend the pandemic’s social and economic fallout.
“I believe we’ll be approaching normalcy by the end of this year. God willing, this Christmas will be different than last. But I can’t make that commitment to you. There are other strains of the virus. We don’t know what could happen in terms of production rates. Things can change,” Biden said.
The president spoke amid widespread optimism about life returning to normal as rates of infection plummet and vulnerable groups of people are vaccinated.
He noted that some vaccine shipments were delayed by a snowstorm this week.
Biden said in Michigan that in the meantime, “I think it’s critically important to get our kids back to