In fight against coronavirus, Biden looks for path back to normal

In fight against coronavirus, Biden looks for path back to normal
In this April 21, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House, in Washington. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: President Biden spent his first 100 days in office encouraging Americans to stay home and wear mask to slow the spread of the coronavirus. President Biden’s task for the next 100 days will be to lay out the path back to normal.

When he entered the White House in January this year, Biden moved swiftly to overcome Covid-19 vaccine supply issues and more than tripled the US’s ability to administer them.

But ending the coronavirus pandemic, the central challenge of his presidency will require more than rolling out vaccination — a task now growing more difficult as demand sags — but also a robust plan to help the nation emerge from a year of disruption, isolation and confusion.

If Mr Biden launched the nation onto a war footing against a virus that infected nearly 200,000 Americans in January and killed about 3,000 of them per day, the next months will be tantamount to winning the peace.

Covid-related deaths are down to fewer than 700 per day in the country and average daily cases are below 60,000.

Officials in the country insist there is a long way to go before the US can be fully at ease, but the progress is marked.

Going forward, success will mean finishing the country’s herculean vaccination campaign — to date 43% of Americans have received at least one shot of coronavirus vaccine — overcoming lagging demand and communicating in clear terms what activities can be safely resumed by those who are vaccinated.

Key milestones include President Joe Biden’s July Fourth pledge that Americans can safely gather with family and friends, and the start of the new school year, when the president hopes to have all schools open safely.

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