Biden Sets 3 Goals for COVID-19 Pandemic
Biden Sets 3 Goals for COVID-19 Pandemic. The United States has an average of 200,000 new diagnoses per day, and Biden has set these three goals in the “100 days of fighting the epidemic”. The U.S. newly diagnosed more than 200,000 COVID-19s in a single day, accumulating more than 15.08 million cases.
After taking office in January next year, fighting the COVID-19 epidemic will undoubtedly become the most important issue of the new US government. On Tuesday (December 8th) local time, President-elect Biden elaborated on the three-point plan to deal with the epidemic, marking the federal government will provide more response measures and guidance.
According to Biden, he intends to distribute at least 100 million doses of vaccine within the first 100 days after taking office, sign a mask order on the first day of taking office, and work hard to allow students to return to school safely.
At an event in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said: “The first 100 days of my tenure will not end the COVID-19 pandemic. I cannot guarantee this.” “We are not caught in it quickly, nor are we. It will take some time to get out of the predicament. But I absolutely believe that within 100 days, we can change the course of the epidemic and make Americans’ lives better.”
In an interview with CNN last week, Biden said that he would require Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days after he took office. Although the president cannot require every American to wear a mask, Biden said that he can require it to be mandatory in federal government buildings and during interstate travel by plane, train and bus.
In terms of vaccines, Biden said that it will give priority to medical staff and residents of nursing facilities in accordance with the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also stated that he would vaccinate educators as soon as possible.
Documents released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday show that the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech can provide a strong immune effect against COVID-19 pneumonia within about 10 days after the first shot.
Pfizer and BioNTech announced last month that after two shots of the vaccine three weeks apart, the effective rate of immunization reached 95%. The new analysis published by the FDA shows that the time for immunization to take effect is much faster. The FDA is expected to provide an emergency use authorization (EUA) for this vaccine this week, with distribution starting as early as December 11.
However, the “Washington Post” reported that the United States may not be able to buy 100 million doses of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines before the end of June next year, because other countries also purchase large amounts. However, Moderna, another company that develops an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, has signed a contract with the US government to deliver the first batch of 100 million doses of vaccine, only to be approved by regulatory agencies.
The third goal of Biden’s anti-epidemic plan is to allow students to return to school safely. Biden said that if Congress can provide funds to protect students and faculty, and states and cities implement strong medical measures, his team will ensure that most schools resume within 100 days after he takes office.
According to Biden, the plan was drafted after he consulted with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci. Fauci will also become the chief epidemic medical consultant of the Biden team.
Fauci said on Tuesday: “I have experienced many public health crises before, but this is the most difficult one facing our country. The road ahead is not smooth.” “Whether it is to maintain social distance or not gather indoors, It’s the 100-day challenge of masks, or getting as many people as possible to get vaccinated. These are bold moves, but they are all feasible…and essential.”
In addition to Fauci, Biden nominated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and nominated Vivek Murti, who served as director of health in the Obama administration, to continue in the same position. These two nominations also need to be confirmed by the Senate.
Appointments that do not need to be passed by the Senate include: Former Obama administration officials Jeff Zienz and Natalie Quilian will serve as coordinators and deputy coordinators for the COVID-19 pneumonia epidemic response, respectively. Marcela Nunez-Smith, co-chair of the Biden transition team, will serve as the chair of the COVID-19 Health Rights Working Group.
In addition, Rochelle Valensky, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, will serve as the director of the CDC. According to the Associated Press, Varensky is a well-known AIDS expert. In the first wave of the epidemic this spring, she also gained first-hand experience in fighting the COVID-19 virus.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of the morning of December 9, Pacific Time, a total of 15.16 million people have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus in the United States, with a total of 286,000 deaths. Since December, the United States has an average of about 200,000 new diagnoses every day.