The media-acclaimed US president-elect Joe Biden backtracked from his campaign rhetoric of a national coronavirus shutdown, saying he now favored “calibrated” solutions limiting the capacity of businesses to operate instead.
“I would shut it down,” Biden had told ABC in August, adding “I would listen to the scientists.” Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of his coronavirus advisers, said last week that a 4-6 week lockdown “could drive the numbers down.”
Appearing at a brief press conference on Thursday, however, Biden berated reporters for continuing to bring the issue up and said his original statement was a “hypothetical.”
“The answer is I would follow the science,” Biden said. “I say it again, no national shutdown.”