A week ago or so, Romania observed a conflict between the central authorities dealing with the pandemic (who want more restrictions) and the local authorities in a county (who want fewer restrictions). This has escalated to fighting in courts.
An argument brought by a Romaniancentral figure was that the US uses restrictions to tackle the pandemic because the economy cannot come first:
He only looks at the economic aspects. They are very important, but there is a saying in the USA: "If you don't sort out the biology, you won't sort out the economy." If you do not solve the problem of biology during the pandemic, the economy will suffer. [Google Translate]
I tried finding a source for this to confirm the claim, but I could not find it (also searched for variations).
Has any US public figure ever expressed this idea (variations also count)?