Two of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisers said they favour targeted local measures to stem the pandemic and oppose a nationwide US lockdown as too blunt.

Vivek Murthy, a former US surgeon general who’s one of Biden’s top three advisors on the virus, said that based on what the nation has learned about Covid-19 since the spring, the preferred approach to fighting it is “a dial that we turn up and down, depending on severity.”

“If we just lock down the entire country without targeting our efforts, then we are going to exacerbate the ‘pandemic fatigue’ people are feeling, you’re going to hurt jobs and the economy, you’re going to shut down schools and hurt the education of our children,” Murthy, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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