Dark Winter of Pandemic
“We’re in a dark winter of this pandemic,” said president Biden addressing the nation.
With a slew of executive orders, Biden Moves to Jump-Start Covid Fight.
President Biden signed 10 executive orders on his first full day in office to combat the coronavirus, seeking Thursday to jump-start the U.S. response to the pandemic while warning it will take “many months to get where we need to be.”
The new strategy is focused partly on ramping up vaccinations and curbing the spread of the virus through mask wearing, testing data and treatments, and includes the executive orders and directives signed Thursday. One order directs agencies to use their authority, including the Defense Production Act, to meet shortfalls in supplies such as masks, while another establishes a pandemic testing board to expand testing supply and access.
Another order requires masks in airports and in certain types of public transportation such as many trains, ships, intercity buses and airplanes.
The orders signed Thursday also call for studies, including large-scale randomized trials, to identify treatments. And Mr. Biden’s administration will create public dashboards with state-by-state and national information on testing, vaccinations and hospital admissions.
“This is a fundamentally different approach from the Trump administration,” Jeffrey Zients, the White House Covid-19 coordinator, said on Wednesday, adding that the administration’s strategy is “driven by science, data and public health.”
Biden Signs Orders for Covid Response
The New York Times reports Biden Signs Executive Orders for Covid Response
“History is going to measure whether we are up to the task,” Mr. Biden declared in an appearance in the State Dining Room of the White House, with Vice President Kamala Harris and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, his chief Covid-19 medical adviser, by his side.
The Biden plan is in some respects overly optimistic and in others not ambitious enough, some experts say. It is not clear how he would enforce the quarantine requirement. And his promise to inject 100 million vaccines in his first hundred days is aiming low, since those 100 days should see twice that number of doses available.
“The brutal truth is it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” Mr. Biden said.
“Help is On the Way”
“Help is on the way,” promised Biden.
Here is Biden's 200-page National Strategy for the Covid-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.
"To meet the aggressive vaccination target of 100 million shots by the first 100 days, the federal government will work with states and the private sector to effectively execute an aggressive vaccination strategy, focusing on the immediate actions necessary to convert vaccines into vaccinations, including improving allocation, distribution, administration, tracking, and support to State, local, Tribal and territorial governments."
It's important to distinguish between Biden's fiscal plan and his covid vaccine delivery response.
I propose the fiscal response should not be a $2 trillion shotgun approach.
I see little reason to hand out money to people not impacted by Covid and I believe it is not wise to pay more money to people on unemployment than they made being unemployed.
Curiously, Trump agreed with the $2 trillion shotgun approach and fumed with Congress over smaller amounts.
An Actual Plan
200 pages is a lot of detail.
Whether you agree with the document or not, Biden unveiled an actual plan, something that Trump never had.