Biden says he would shut down the economy to stop the spread of COVID-19

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has said he will shut down the economy to stop the spread of the coronavirus, if that is the course of action scientists recommend.
In his first joint interview with his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, Biden said that Trump’s White House’s “fundamental flaw” during the pandemic was not to bring it under full control.

“In order for the country to keep running and moving, for the economy to grow and for people to be employed, you have to fix the virus, you have to face the virus,” Biden said.
When asked if that meant shutting down the economy, Biden replied, “I would shut it down; I would listen to the scientists.

Biden and Harris were interviewed by ABC News, which will air the entire interview at 8 p.m. EST. The network released excerpts from the interview early.
Biden is not the first to suggest a possible second stop.
Minneapolis Fed Chairman Neel Kashkari earlier in August called for a six-week shutdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Fed officials have said the future health of the economy depends on how the virus evolves.
Trump administration officials have said since June that they were against a second general shutdown of the economy.
In the ABC interview, Biden also said he was open to two four-year terms as president.
When asked if he was leaving open the possibility of serving an eight-year sentence, Biden replied, “Absolutely. “

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