Biden to sign 10 executive orders to tackle Covid-19

Biden to sign 10 executive orders to tackle Covid-19
President Biden. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden is set to sign 10 executive orders to boost the fight against the coronavirus pandemic which has ravaged the US.

Covid-19 vaccination will be accelerated and testing increased. Emergency legislation will be used to increase production of essentials like facemasks.

In a break with former President Trump, the policy stresses a national strategy rather than relying on individual states to decide what is best.

The executive orders come a day after Joe Biden, a Democrat, was sworn in as the 46th president.

The former Trump administration was widely accused of failing to get to grips with the Covid pandemic.

In terms of total deaths from Covid-19, the US is the worst-hit country with more than 406,000 lives lost, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 24.5m have been infected in the country.

In his inauguration speech, President Biden warned that the pandemic in the US was entering its “deadliest period”.

Mr Biden’s coronavirus task force co-ordinator, Jeff Zients, told reporters that under Donald Trump there was no strategy at federal level and a comprehensive approach was lacking.

He said: “As President Biden steps into office today, that all changes.”

The administration unveiled a seven-point plan which included efforts to facilitate effective distribution of coronavirus vaccines and reliable access to testing.

“The American people deserve an urgent, robust and professional response to the growing public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak,” an introduction to the plan said.

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