WH COVID-19 adviser says 'Congress needs to step up' with bipartisan support to fight virus

George Back
·Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·1 min read

On Sunday’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth, journalist Alex Wagner spoke with Andy Slavitt, the White House adviser for COVID-19. Slavitt discussed the difficulty the country faces in battling the pandemic, and the importance of bipartisan leadership.

“Congress needs to step up,” said Slavitt. “I think it's shocking to many people that this isn't considered universally an emergency and that money for vaccinations, money for schools isn't, like, a 96-4 kind of vote. This is not something that should break down on party lines.”

The Biden administration’s COVID-19 relief plan has been met with opposition from the GOP. Slavitt hopes that the leaders of both prominent parties can reach across the aisle to come up with a solution.

“I think people around the country want to be vaccinated,” said Slavitt. “They want to see their schools open safely, and those things can't happen unless congress gets involved. This is not a solo, this is an orchestra. If you want to defeat COVID-19, it's the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and we have to be the Boston Symphony Orchestra.”

The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Showtime.

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