- President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday that he will not pursue a national lockdown to combat the coronavirus.
- Previously, Biden answered hypothetical questions on the issue by saying he would follow the advice of medical experts.
- “I am not gonna shut down the economy, period,” Biden said Thursday.
- “I’m gonna shut down the virus … No national shutdown.”
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President-elect Joe Biden committed to keeping the US economy open Thursday, clarifying his stance on a national lockdown.
“I am not gonna shut down the economy, period,” Biden said at a press conference. “I’m gonna shut down the virus … No national shutdown.”
—CBS News (@CBSNews) November 19, 2020
Previously, Biden gave similar answers to hypothetical questions about a national shutdown, saying he would follow the advice of medical experts.
The notion of Biden shutting down the economy was a repeated talking point from President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Biden noted that he would pursue public health measures to keep the economy running smoothly by keeping the virus under control.