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“The plane is in the bow. And we have to pull it out,”
Becera said federal leadership is needed to ensure that the vaccine’s distribution and the state’s efforts to control the virus are effective and handled seamlessly.
“But first you have to save the people, you have to save the economy,” he said, adding: “President Biden has made it clear: this will not happen overnight.”
“We can’t just tell the states, here are some PPE, some masks, here are some vaccines, do it now,” the HHS nominee added.
His comments came in response to questions about comments Biden made, suggesting that the United States had nothing to do to blunt the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months.
“There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic over the next few months,” Biden said on Friday.
The Biden administration promised a more practical approach to combating the spread of COVID-19, as opposed to the Trump administration’s largely state-centric approach to the spread of vaccines.
During his first week in office, Biden signed a number of executive orders, including orders to combat the pandemic, such as requiring passengers to wear masks at airports.