Biden Unveils New COVID-19 National Strategy
President Biden announced on Jan. 21 his national strategy to address the COVID-19 pandemic but warned it will take months to see results.
Biden signed 10 orders on vaccinations and testing, reopening schools and businesses, increasing the use of masks and addressing healthcare inequities in minority communities where COVID-19 hit the hardest.
The Biden administration hopes to administer 100 million COVID-19 shots within the first 100 days of his presidency. This would cover 50 million Americans with vaccines.
Some experts say that this plan could be more ambitious and cover more than 50 million.
Biden also directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to start opening up community vaccination centers. They hope to open 100 across the country within the month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also launch its program to get vaccines into local pharmacies. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will continue to recruit more health workers to serve as vaccinators.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, helped develop this new national plan along with other experts in the field.
“We’re going to be completely transparent, open, and honest,” Fauci said at the White House press briefing.
“If things go wrong, [we will] not point fingers, but correct them. And make everything we do be based on science and evidence.”
COVID-19 has currently taken the lives of 408,000 Americans and the death toll will most likely hit 500,000 in February, according to Biden.
Biden also reversed the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw from the World Health Organization in a slew of executive orders he made on his first day of office.
“We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it’s going to take months for us to turn things around. But let me be equally clear — we will get through this,” Biden announced. “We will defeat this pandemic, and to a nation waiting for action, let me be the clearest on this point: Help is on the way.”