Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he would “shut down” the country if elected president to stop the spread of coronavirus if scientists recommended it.
“I will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives because we cannot get the country moving, until we control the virus,” said Mr Biden in an interview with ABC to be aired on Sunday evening.
“That is the fundamental flaw of this administration’s thinking to begin with. In order to keep the country running and moving and the economy growing, and people employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to deal with the virus.
” When asked if he would be willing to shut the country down if that was recommended by scientists, Mr Biden replied: “I would shut it down, I would listen to the scientists.”
Mr Biden was interviewed alongside vice-presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, in their first joint television appearance. ABC released clips of the interview on Friday and Saturday.
When asked what she thought about insults directed at her by Donald Trump, Ms Harris said they were “designed to distract the American people from what he is doing every day.” “That is about neglect, negligence and harm to the American people,” she added.
Democrats have attacked Mr Trump’s handling of the coronavirus throughout the convention. Mr Biden on Thursday said the president had presided over “the worst performance of any nation on earth” when it came to containing the pandemic.
While formally accepting the Democratic nomination on Thursday evening, Mr Biden pledged that if elected he would “take the muzzle off our experts” to ensure that the public received accurate information about the situation.