Biden Details Plan To Combat Covid-19 In Its First 100 Days

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(CNN) –– The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, presented his three-point plan to combat the covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday. This is a virus management approach that continues to contrast with that of President Donald Trump.

The strategy was announced when Biden introduced the team he designed to control the pandemic. The plan would aim to vaccinate at least 100 million Americans in their first 100 days in office. It also includes Biden’s promise to sign a mandate to demand the use of masks on his first day as president. In addition to efforts to get children back to school safely.


Biden’s plan came out the same day that Trump signed a largely symbolic decree aimed at prioritizing shipping the COVID-19 vaccine to Americans over other nations.

“My first 100 days will not end the covid-19 virus,” Biden said during an event in Wilmington, Delaware. And he added, “I can’t promise that.” Then he noted that “we did not get into this mess quickly, we are not going to get out of it quickly. It will take some time. But I am absolutely convinced that in 100 days we can change the course of the disease. And change life in the United States for the better.

Last week, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Biden indicated that he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his term.

On Tuesday, Biden said his government would prioritize vaccinating health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities against COVID-19. This, as recommended by vaccine advisers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The president-elect also mentioned that he would vaccinate educators as soon as possible.

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Biden introduced the main members of his health team who will lead his government’s response to COVID-19. At this point, the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 284,000 Americans as of Tuesday. The president-elect also outlined the first three key goals of his team.

In addition to the goal of at least 100 million shots of covid-19 vaccines, Biden reiterated his commitment to sign an order for the use of masks on his first day in office. Now, the president cannot unilaterally demand that all Americans wear masks, under the law. But, Biden said he could require masks in places like federal establishments and on planes, trains and buses for interstate travel.

As the president-elect explained, the third priority at the national level for the health team is to ensure that children return to school safely. Biden noted that if Congress provides the funding to protect students, educators, and staff – in addition to cities implementing strong public health measures that Americans follow – “my team will work to get the majority of our schools can open at the end of my first 100 days.

Biden said he wrote the goals in consultation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease physician. In fact, Fauci is their recently announced chief medical adviser for the pandemic.

Biden reiterated his call for Congress to unite to pass a bill for $ 900 billion in economic aid for covid-19. This with the goal of supporting struggling Americans and reopening businesses and schools safely. In that sense, he noted immediate funding is essential. Although he indicated that when he takes office in January, his administration will take additional measures to support Americans. As well as to fund vaccine distribution efforts.

The president-elect also asked the Trump administration “to buy the doses it has negotiated with Pfizer and Moderna. And work quickly to scale manufacturing for American and world populations. “

Biden this week named, in addition to Fauci, Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, as his designee for the Department of Health and Human Services. He also announced Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was Director General of Health in the Obama administration, as his alternative for that same position. Jeff Zients, Biden’s transition co-chair and a former Obama administration official, will serve as the coordinator of the response to COVID-19 and advisor to the president. Additionally, Natalie Quillian, another veteran of the Obama era, will serve as the deputy coordinator of the response to COVID-19.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, will serve as the director of the CDC. For her part, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, co-chair of Biden’s transition team, will serve as chair of the covid-19 equity working group.

Biden had previously spoken about his plan to ask all Americans to wear masks during their first 100 days in office. So he said he would work with governors and mayors to approve orders for the use of masks in communities across the country.

The president-elect has long touted the importance and effectiveness of wearing a mask to stop the spread of the virus. Another point that contrasts with Trump.

Since the pandemic began, Trump has undermined his own medical experts and bypassed scientists. The president has refused to take basic measures to control the virus. Notably, he refused to wear a mask in public for several months and held large rallies without social distancing.

Biden, by contrast, has long been committed to listening to the advice of scientists and public health experts on the pandemic. He has worn masks at public events and emphasized the importance of adhering to public health guidelines.



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