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HHS Candidate: The country is in a `` downturn '' of COVID-19

HHS Candidate: The country is in a “ downturn ” of COVID-19

President Biden’s candidate for health and human services Xavier BeceraXavier Becerra shows Sunday Preview: All eyes are on the Biden administration to tackle Senate chaos over coronavirus threatening to slow Biden’s agenda Overnight Energy: Court overturns Trump’s ruling for coal power plant | Green groups file lawsuit after Trump administration rescinded bird protection | The Trump administration is rushing to end Arctic oil leases on his last day in office. More He said Sunday that the country is witnessing an uncontrolled spread of the virus.

“The plane is landing. We have to pull it up,” Becera told CNN. Dana BashDana Bachtaber is battling Republican lawmakers over criticism of the Afghan vet’s vote at the Electoral College, and CNN has expanded Jake Taber’s offer to two hours, shortening the Wolf Blitzer Fauci Show: The mutated coronavirus strain must be taken “very seriously.” Read more. “And you won’t do it overnight. But we’re going to pull it off. We have to stop it. Failure is not an option.”

Becera said leadership at the federal level was necessary to ensure the effective release of the vaccine and the country’s efforts to control the virus and handle it smoothly.

“But first you have to save the people, and you have to save the economy,” he said, adding, “President Biden made it clear: It will not happen overnight.”

And the HHS candidate added, “We can’t just tell the states. Here’s some PPE, some masks, and here are some vaccinations, and now go and do it.”

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His comments came in response to questions about comments Biden made indicating that there is not much the United States can do to curtail the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months.

“There is nothing we can do to change the course of the epidemic in the next several months,” Biden said Friday.

The Biden administration has pledged a more pragmatic approach to combating the spread of COVID-19 in contrast to the Trump administration’s largely state-focused approach to vaccine delivery.

During his first week in office, Biden signed a number of executive orders, including those addressing the pandemic such as one requiring travelers to wear masks at airports.