The White House admitted on Wednesday that it has no timetable for when the coronavirus will be conquered, and life might return to normal.
The comments by press secretary Jen Psaki come less than a day after President Biden said he hoped that normalcy might be reached by Christmas, the latest in a series of shifting timelines.
Scientists say the goal requires sufficient people to be vaccinated for the general population to reach herd immunity, but emerging coronavirus variants, uncertainties about the efficacy of vaccination, and anti-vaxxer movements provide extra challenges.
On Wednesday, Psaki bowed to the uncertainty.
“This is the question, as I’m sure is the case for all of you, that every neighbor, every friend, every family member asks, at least me, in the street when I’m walking my dog in the morning,” she said.
“We want to be straight with the American public though. We are not in a place where we can predict