Powell made the comments during an interview that will air Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” In a preview of the interview
released early Sunday, Powell provided a rosier economic outlook, in contrast to past remarks on the economy’s recovery.
“What we’re seeing now is really an economy that seems to be much at an inflection point,” Powell told “60 minutes” during the interview. “And that’s because of widespread vaccination and strong fiscal support, strong monetary policy support. We feel like we’re at a place where the economy’s about to start growing much more quickly and job creation coming in much more quickly.”
But that’s only if there isn’t another wave of Covid-19.
“The principal risk to our economy right now really is that the disease would spread again. It’s going to be smart if people can continue to socially distance and wear masks,” he told “60 Minutes.”
More than 183 million vaccines
have been administered in the United States, according to CDC data
This comes after minutes
released from the central bank last week underscored that it would be some time “until substantial further progress” was made on employment and inflation. The Fed slashed interest rates to zero
in March 2020 and said it expects to keep interest rates at historically low levels into 2023.
Last month, Powell said that any increases in inflation
over the summer months would be temporary and not concerning for its monetary policy
at this moment.