Economist Stephen MooreStephen MooreSupport grows for stimulus checks, but they may wait The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – Barr splits with Trump on election; pardon controversy Sunday shows – Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday MORE predicted Sunday that the coronavirus vaccine effort currently rolling out across the U.S. will be a boon for the 2021 economy.
During an interview with John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WABC 770 AM, Moore said that â€œthe calvary is coming,â€ when referring to the vaccine. He added that it will set up the economy for a â€œblockbuster 2021.â€
Moore said that the Federal Reserve is estimating between five and six percent economic growth in 2021.Â
Moore’s comments come as the U.S. has sustained economic blows throughout the pandemic. The Department of Labor reported a seasonally adjusted 885,000 jobless claims in the second week of December.Â
The number is 23,000 higher than the week before, a sign that recovery may not just be stalling, but reversing.Â
Health experts have said that if enough of the U.S. population is vaccinated, people can return to some semblance of normalcy.Â
Health and government officials began the massive inoculation effort this week, administering Pfizer and BioNTechâ€™s coronavirus vaccine to at-risk and essential populations.
The effort came just days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued it an emergency use authorization for the companies’ product.
MultipleÂ leaders and lawmakers including Vice President Pence, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators reach deal on Fed powers, setting stage for coronavirus relief passage Sunday shows preview: US rolls out first doses of coronavirus vaccine; Congress close on stimulus deal Lawmakers expect COVID-19 relief deal soon MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators reach deal on Fed powers, setting stage for coronavirus relief passage Coronavirus relief deal hinges on talks over Fed lending powers Senate GOP absences snag Trump nominees MORE (R-Ky.) have received their first doseÂ of the vaccine.
The vaccinations began as Congress inches closer toward a deal on a $900 billion coronavirus relief package, which is expected to include $325 billion for the Small Business Administration.Â The deal is expected to be attached to a massive spending package that will keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year.
Moore said the stimulus package will provide â€œshort-term relief,â€ but emphasized that â€œthe stimulus is the vaccine.â€
He hailed Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s multi-pronged vaccine effort, as â€œthe greatest government initiative that Iâ€™ve seen in my lifetime.â€
â€œNobody thought it was possible to do within the year,â€ Moore said. â€œAnd, low and beholdâ€¦ Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenators reach deal on Fed powers, setting stage for coronavirus relief passage Close to 200 organizations allegedly hacked by Russia: cybersecurity firm Trump floated naming Sidney Powell as special counsel for election fraud investigation: reports MORE has done it.â€
The FDA issued an emergency use authorization for Modernaâ€™s coronavirus vaccine on Friday, and the government began distributing the company’sÂ productÂ this weekend.
Gen. Gustava Perna, logistics head of Operation Warp Speed, said on Saturday the government is on track to allocate 20 million doses of both vaccines by the end of the year.
John Catsimatidis is an investor for The Hill