Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a plan to combat and overcome the coronavirus.
Biden – the clear front-runner in the Democratic presidential nomination race over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont – also criticized President Trump’s efforts to date to curb the spread of the virus, or COVID-19, in the United States.
“Downplaying it, being overly dismissive, or spreading misinformation is only going to hurt us and further advantage the spread of the disease. But neither should we panic or fall back on xenophobia,” Biden said in a speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Del.
“Labeling COVID-19 a foreign virus does not displace accountability for the misjudgments that have been taken thus far by the Trump administration,” Biden said as he took aim at the president for calling the pandemic a “foreign virus” in an Oval Office address Wednesday night that’s been criticized for a number of misstatements.
Biden called for “decisive public health response to curb the spread of the disease and to provide treatment to those who need it.”