It is expected to include an expanded vaccination program and new economic aid
President-elect Joe Biden Thursday unveils his plan to combat the coronavirus, which includes accelerating vaccinations and helping to deal with the economic impact of the pandemic.
Biden plans to lay out the details of his plan during an evening speech.
He has already set a goal of 100 vaccinations within the first 100 days of taking office. The plan is expected to include funding to expand the vaccination campaign.
Two different vaccines are authorized for emergency use in the United States. Both require a two-time administration of the vaccine. To date, more than 10 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine.
Biden’s plan is expected to include a new round of direct payments to the public. The previous bailout bill has been delayed several times due to disagreements over the amount of the payments.
Biden’s new economic adviser, Brian Deese, said Wednesday that the plan would also include aid to small businesses.
Deese said Biden will ask Congress to focus first on taking economic stimulus measures and then work on long-term areas of economic recoveries, such as health care and infrastructure.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said passing a coronavirus bill would be the first priority when Democrats gain control of the Senate.
The impeachment issue threatens to disrupt the Senate’s schedule, but Biden said he hopes senators can combine it with consideration of other issues.
There have been about 385,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. and there has been a surge in cases for more than two months.
During the past week, there have been an average of 245,000 new cases per day and 3,300 deaths. The number of hospitalizations is at an all-time high.