The new US President, Joe Biden, is set to sign 10 executive orders to reinforce the response to the Corona virus, which has caused severe damage in the United States.
The vaccination process will also be accelerated and the number of virus tests will be increased among citizens. In addition to the passage of emergency legislation to increase the production of necessary materials such as masks.
Unlike former President Donald Trump, Biden’s new policy emphasizes a national strategy rather than relying on the states to decide what is best individually.
These moves come a day after Biden was sworn in as President of the United States.
What does the plan contain?
In his inauguration speech, Biden warned that the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States is entering its “bloodiest period”.
Jeff Zentes, the coordinator of Biden’s coronavirus task force, told reporters that under Trump there was no strategy at the federal level and a comprehensive approach was missing.
“President Biden takes office today, and with him all this changes.”
The National Strategic Plan provides “a roadmap to guide the United States out of the worst public health crisis in a century.”
The goal is to give 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of April, and to reopen most schools safely within 100 days.
There will be more funding for government and local officials to help tackle the pandemic.
It will also use the Defense Production Act to accelerate production of personal protective equipment and essential supplies needed to produce the vaccine.
Vaccine centers will be located in stadiums and community facilities.
“What we inherited is much worse than we imagined,” said Zentes.
In terms of total deaths from the spread of the Coronavirus, the United States is the country most affected, with more than 405,000 people dead.
In a further step away from the previous administration, Biden’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the United States would join the Covax scheme designed to deliver coronavirus vaccines to poor countries.
Speaking via a video call with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Dr. Fauchi also stressed that the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization, thus nullifying Trump’s decision to leave.
What happened thaQuarter?
Just hours after he was sworn in, Biden signed 15 executive orders, including rolling back Trump’s policies on climate change and immigration.
The inauguration ceremony was different from its predecessors due to the restrictions of the Corona virus, with a few attending the swearing-in and ceremony.
Donald Trump, who has yet to formally hand over the presidency to Biden, ignored the event in a departure from the usual norms.