Biden Is Willing To Take Federal Protective Measures Against The COVID-19 Pandemic If Elected
Democrats marked social distance and wore coronavirus masks.
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Joe biden said that, if chosen, it would shut down the United States if scientists recommended it.
David Muir of ABC News asked him if he would be prepared to shut down the country if he swears in as president in January and the coronavirus and flu pandemic combine.
“I would be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives, because we cannot make the country move until we control the virus,” Biden said in their first joint interview with Kamala harris since they officially became the Democratic nominees for president and vice president.
“To begin with, that is the fundamental flaw in the thinking of this administration,” he said, referring to the Trump administration. “To keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and the people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus.”
“I would close it. I would listen to the scientists, ”he said.
An NPR / Ipsos survey conducted in late July found that nearly 59% of Americans would support a national mandate to shelter-at-home for two weeks.
Biden has repeatedly criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus and said he would take the crisis more seriously as president.
In his acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination, Biden had already said that he would listen to the scientists’ recommendation and implement a nationwide mandate to wear a mask.