Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary, told CNN Sunday that the US can change the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it won’t happen overnight.
On Friday, Biden said “There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”
“What I believe President Biden is making very clear, the plane is in a nosedive and we’ve got to pull it up,” Becerra said
.“And you’re not going to do that overnight, but we’re going to pull it up, we have to pull it up, failure is not an option here and so we will.”
Becerra added that the President has put forward not just a plan, but a rescue plan that should be followed by a recovery plan, “but first you got to rescue the people, you got to rescue the economy."
When asked what the timeframe was for changing the course of the pandemic, Becerra again made it clear that it won’t happen overnight.
“We can do better, we can not only control Covid but get us back to real normality,” he said. “But it takes everybody, all hands on deck, we’ve got to make sure we’re coordinating and we are talking to people.”