President Biden’s candidate for health and human services Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraSunday shows preview: All eyes on the Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden’s agenda ACCOMMODATION ENERGY: Court strikes down Trump coal-fired power plant Green groups sue after Trump administration removes bird protection | The Trump administration is in a hurry to wrap up Arctic oil contracts the last day in office MORE said Sunday that the country was experiencing an uncontrolled spread of the virus.
“The plane in a nose dive. And we have to pull it up,”
Becerra said federal-level leadership was needed to ensure the vaccine rollout and the state’s efforts to control the virus were effective and handled smoothly.
“But first you have to save people, you have to save the economy,” he said, adding, “President Biden made it clear: it does not happen overnight.”
“We can not just tell the states, here is some PPE, some masks, here are some vaccines, do it now,” the HHS candidate added.
His comments came in response to questions about comments made by Biden, suggesting that the United States could do nothing to blunt the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months.
“There is nothing we can do to change the course of the pandemic in the next few months,” Biden said Friday.
The city administration has promised a more practical approach to combating the spread of COVID-19 as opposed to the Trump administration’s largely state-centered approach to vaccine distribution.
During his first week in office, Biden signed a number of executive orders, including orders for the pandemic, such as one requiring travelers to wear masks at airports.