WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 21, 2021)—today President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders to combat COVID-19.
On Biden’s first full day in office he has rolled out his national strategy to get the coronavirus pandemic under control and signing several executive actions, including ramping up vaccination supplies and requiring international travelers to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to traveling to the US.
“Our national strategy is comprehensive, it’s based on science, not politics. It’s based on truth, not denial, and it’s detailed,” Biden said, speaking from the White House. He said the 198-page plan is posted on WhiteHouse.gov.
“I’m convinced the American people are ready to spare no effort to get this done,” he concluded. “We can do this if we stand together.”
Biden hopes to vaccinate 70-85% of the United States population by the end of summer, there would be “a degree of normality” by autumn, he said.
Biden’s plan starts with a national vaccination campaign in order to meet the President’s goal of administering 100 million shots, which is enough to cover 50 million Americans with vaccines that require two doses, in his first 100 days in office.
“The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know and what the evidence, what the science is… it is something of a liberating feeling,” Dr Fauci said, whereas under Mr Trump, “you didn’t feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions”.