President Biden acted early and aggressively; states, cities, schools, and others, they have the resources to effectively surge capability where it needs. — Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council
President Biden acted early and aggressively; states, cities, schools, and others, they have the resources to effectively surge capability where it needs. — Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council
Biden officials say US is still better off than earlier in pandemic despite new steps to fight Delta variant
"The health and economic crises have been inextricably linked, and that will continue to be the case, but I think the important part is this is not 2020 or early 2021. We are in a very different position," Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, told "Fox News Sunday," adding there is "durable momentum" in the economy that can withstand pressures from the current spike in Covid-19 cases.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg framed President Joe Biden's new requirement for federal workers to attest to being vaccinated or face stringent mitigation measures as an office safety protocol. "This is a basic safety measure at a time when we see this dangerous variant spreading around our country," he told ABC News.

... Buttigieg said Sunday that Biden's new rules should act as a model for private entities -- many of which announced mandates for their employees before the federal requirement.

"It's also important for the federal workforce to lead by example," he said. "We're asking the whole country to do what it takes to make sure we get beyond this pandemic. This is a very important part of how to do it."


The effect of vaccine requirements on the labor market remains to be seen, as does the larger surge in cases. Already, some workplaces have delayed their return-to-office dates.

Still, Deese said the economy is more prepared now than earlier in the pandemic to handle disruptions, and he added that schools should reopen in September, citing new resources. "President Biden acted early and aggressively; states, cities, schools, and others, they have the resources to effectively surge capability where it needs," he said.
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