Calling the current surge of COVID-10 infections a problem with “No Federal Solution”, Biden revealed the true nature of his pandemic-tackling plan while also continuing to push vaccine and mask mandates.
Finally agreeing with the Republican notion that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work when it comes to a pandemic, Biden on a call with GOP Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson admitted that “There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level.”
During the said call, Hutchinson cautioned the president against taking actions that would mitigate individual states’ abilities to implement policies that they see as most beneficial to fighting back against Covid-19. He said, “One word of concern or encouragement for your team is that as you look towards federal solutions that will help alleviate the challenge, make sure that we do not let federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions.”
To this, Biden responded by saying, “The production of 500 million rapid tests that will be distributed by the federal government is great, but obviously that dries up the supply chain for the solutions that we might offer as governor. There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level. I’m looking at [New Hampshire] Governor Sununu on the board here. He talks about that a lot. And it ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road and that’s where the patient is in need of help or preventing the need for help.”
The above comments, as they stand, are miles away from Biden’s actual policies wherein the federal government has been given a central role on pandemic mitigation measures.