A member of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory team on Sunday rejected claims that the president-elect would force the country into another round of strict lockdowns as daily coronavirus cases reach new highs.
“We are not in support of a nationwide lockdown and believe there is not a scenario unless — there simply isn’t a scenario because we can get this under control,” Dr. Atul Gawande told ABC’s “This Week.”
Gawande was specifically asked to clarify recent remarks by fellow Biden adviser Dr. Michael Osterholm who floated the idea of a four- to six-week lockdown of small to medium businesses to drive down infections.
Gawande countered that so much had been learned since the beginning out of the outbreak and the first lockdown in April, that more localized measures were actually now preferable, including reducing capacity in public spaces like restaurants.
“You can look at New York City for example, where on a zipcode-by-zipcode basis you can deploy different restrictions