Bullard: Fed's next steps waiting on whether pandemic "war" really has been won

BY Reuters | ECONOMIC | 04/08/21 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve shouldn't ease up on supporting the economy until the coronavirus is clearly defeated, St. Louis Fed president James Bullard said.

"We are looking forward to the end of the pandemic, but it has not happened yet," Bullard said in comments at an online event organized by Southern Illinois University. "The appropriate stance of any policymaker is to say let's see if we end the war and if the war really does end we can think about what the next steps are."

(Reporting by Howard Schneider Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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