The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

U.S. is approaching phase where ‘covid isn’t a crisis,’ White House official says

White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients attends a news briefing at the White House in 2022. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Placeholder while article actions load
Please Note

The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.

The United States has made “tremendous progress” in its ability to protect against the coronavirus, and plans are underway for the next phase of the pandemic, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday.

Three-quarters of adults are fully vaccinated, he said. He added that for all Americans — “both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated” — tools are available to fight the coronavirus, including masks and a variety of effective treatments.

“As a result of all this progress and the tools we all have, we’re moving toward a time when covid isn’t a crisis but is something we can protect against and treat,” Zients said during a news briefing. “The president and our covid team are actively planning for this future.”

Here’s what to know

  • The White House announced Wednesday that the federal government is making high-quality masks for children that will soon be available.
  • Vaccinated guests to Disney World and Disneyland will no longer need to wear masks starting Thursday. Unvaccinated patrons are still required to wear face coverings indoors.