During President Joe Biden’s first few days in office last week, he focused on implementing his nationwide plan to control and rein in the coronavirus pandemic by singing several executive orders. One of those actions involved a major increase in vaccination supplies, personal protective equipment, and a requirement for international travelers to provide proof of a negative Covid test before coming to the United States.
The vaccination plan, in particular, establishes a goal of administering 100 million shots within Biden’s first 100 days in office. The goal would be enough to cover 50 million people with vaccines that require two doses. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top epidemiological expert, played a major role in developing this plan with Biden.
Furthermore, Biden has stressed the need for Americans to wear masks or face covering in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. To back up his words, Biden also passed an executive action requiring masks to be worn in federal buildings and on federal lands. He asks that everyone across the country wear masks for his first 100 days in office, as well.
Among other actions within his first week in office, Biden created a National Pandemic Testing Board to improve coronavirus testing capacity; he enhanced the country’s collection, sharing, and analysis of data on the virus; and he asked the Departments of Education and Health and Human services to give guidance on how to safely reopen and operate schools.
Lastly, Biden issued an order for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to establish guidelines for emergency standards and to enforce worker health and safety standards in regards to Covid-19.
What was almost a year of lack of guidance from the federal government in regards to the pandemic has turned into a comprehensive plan to respond to COVID.