New President Sees Confronting Pandemic as Administration Priority
President Joe Biden on Thursday launches new initiatives to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that it is a top priority in his tenure.
The Biden administration plans to develop a coordinated strategy to fight the new coronavirus, designed to restore confidence in the federal government and focused on ramping up vaccine production and testing, reopening educational institutions, and addressing inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.
“We can beat COVID-19, and we will beat it. America deserves a response to the pandemic based on scientific research, (objective) data, and the health care system, not politics,” the White House said in a national strategy statement on the issue.
Later Thursday, Biden will sign a series of executive orders to combat the pandemic, including a requirement that masks be worn at airports and on transportation, including trains, planes, and shuttle buses.
The president is also scheduled to speak about his efforts to defeat the pandemic.
Recall that the number of people infected with the coronavirus in the U.S. has exceeded 24 million, and the number of deaths from the disease in the country is more than 405,000.
Trump has repeatedly tried to downplay the danger of the pandemic. The new president views confronting it as a top priority of his administration, along with rebuilding the economy and resolving injustices in interracial relations in the country.
On Wednesday, hours after being sworn in, Biden signed 15 executive orders, many of them aimed at reviewing Trump’s actions.
The new president’s executive orders include requiring the wearing of masks at federally owned facilities, reversing the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO), addressing the country’s return to the Paris Climate Agreement, and ending the ban on entry into the United States from several countries with predominantly Muslim populations.
Biden intends to create a special commission to improve the testing situation, address shortcomings in the medicine supply system, develop rules for those entering the country from abroad, and direct needed resources to a number of minorities at high risk.