Pres. Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s immediate efforts to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans and infected more than 24 million others. Yesterday, three of the more than a dozen executive actions Biden signed were regarding coronavirus.
He launched a nationwide 100-day mask mandate, moved to rejoin the World Health Organization, and reinstated the Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense—the pandemic preparedness team organized by the Obama administration following the Ebola outbreak but then dismantled by the Trump administration.
One of Biden’s focal points on battling the virus is to increase the rate of vaccinations across the country, saying that he hopes to vaccinate 100 million Americans in his first 100 days. However, Biden and others learned that the Trump administration did not leave any vaccine distribution plans. ‘There is nothing for us to rework,’ one source explained. ‘We are going to have to build everything from scratch.’