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COVID-19 variants pose biggest threat to U.S. economic recovery: bank president

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(Xinhua) 15:54, April 14, 2021

NEW YORK, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Variants of the novel coronavirus are the biggest risk for the U.S. economic recovery, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari has said.

"The biggest risks that I see to the recovery are these variants," Kashkari told the Economic Club of New York on Thursday, mentioning one variant of the virus which is dominant in parts of the United States and easily infects younger people.

If organizations including daycare centers and schools need to be closed in response to the spread, that could "set us back," he said.

"That's not my basecase scenario but that's what the healthcare experts that I consult with are warning me about," he added.

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