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“I would shut [the economy] down [if necessary]; I would listen to the scientists. We’re going to do whatever it takes to save lives.”

–Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden, August 21, 2020

“We in the World Health Organisation [WHO] do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus. The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.”

— Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization, October 11, 2020

(Sources: “Biden says he’d lock down country if spread of coronavirus warranted it,” by Evan Semones, Politico, August 21, 2020, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/21/joe-biden-lockdown-us-coronavirus-400126 and “Coronavirus: WHO backflips on virus stance by condemning lockdowns,” by Alex Turner-Cohen, news.com.au, October 12, 2020, https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/global/coronavirus-who-backflips-on-virus-stance-by-condemning-lockdowns/news-story/f2188f2aebff1b7b291b297731c3da74)