Within a day of taking over as President of the United States, Joe Biden chalks out a COVID wartime plan and signs 10 executive orders. The President said it would take months to overcome the pandemic but America would get through this people if people stood together.
The policy stresses a national strategy rather than relying on states to decide what is best. The President was looking at bold practical steps as things would continue to get worse before they get better. Biden is expecting the number of dead to top half a million by next month. “Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better.” Said Joe Biden on Thursday at the White House. “The death toll will likely top 500,000 next month.”
“For the past year, we couldn’t rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed and we have seen the tragic cost of that failure.” Till date the US has seen 24 million COVID cases and more than 408,000 deaths.
“For the past year, we couldn’t rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed and we have seen the tragic cost of that failure.” Added Biden who also said that vaccine rollout “has been a dismal failure so far.”
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While some of these goals are being addressed by executive actions, 10 were signed by Biden. Here is a look at what the government is planning:
- Wearing masks and social distancing on all federal government property
- COVID-19 vaccination will be accelerated while testing will be increased. As part of the emergency legislation, production of essentials like masks will be increased.
- Travellers entering the US will be required to quarantine on arrival for 14 day
- Strict masking orders on interstate travel, like on trains, planes and buses
- An effective vaccination campaign to administer 100 million shots in his first 100 days
- To mitigate spread via enhanced public health guidance
- Safely reopen schools within 100 days and reopen businesses too
- To join the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX), which aims to deliver vaccines to poor countries as the US aims to rejoin the WHO
- Establish vaccine centres at stadiums and community facilities
- More funding for state and local officials to help tackle the pandemic and a new office will be established to co-ordinate the national response
- The Defense Production Act will help to accelerate production of personal protective equipment and essential supplies needed for vaccine production
The Biden administration is looking at overturning decisions taken by predecessor Donald Trump and proving there is a more effective way to control and eventually end the COVID-19 pandemic, with America being badly hit, a year after the coronavirus outbreak.