Daily US Times: For nearly a year it was the Trump show, but now President Joe Biden is calling up the country’s top scientists and public health experts for regular virus briefings the American people about the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 425,000 US lives.
Beginning Wednesday, experts of Biden administration will host the virus briefings three times a week on the state of the outbreak, efforts to control it and the race to deliver vaccines and therapeutics to end it.
Expect a sharp contrast from the Trump administration’s briefings, when public health officials were repeatedly undermined by a president who shared his unproven ideas without hesitation.
On Tuesday, Biden told reporters: “We’re bringing back the pros to talk about COVID in an unvarnished way. Any questions you have, that’s how we’ll handle them because we’re letting science speak again.”
The new briefings, beginning just a week into Biden’s presidency, are meant as an explicit rejection of the previous administration’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak.
Former President Donald Trump claimed center stage and muddled the message of the country’s top public health experts in the critical early days of the coronavirus and eventually largely muzzled them as the pandemic’s mortal toll grew steeper.
The new briefings are part of the president’s attempt to rebuild public confidence in institutions, specially the federal government, with a commitment to share the bad news with the good.
“I’ll always level with you about the state of affairs,” Mr Biden said on Tuesday, repeating a central pledge of his inaugural address.
It’s a message that helped carry Joe Biden to the White House. As a candidate, Mr Biden, a Democrat, warned that the nation faced a surge of coronavirus cases in what would be a “dark winter”; Trump, for his part, falsely claimed the worst of the virus was over.