Biden coronavirus plan being compared to as a war effort, with the enlistment of the military. Dr. Bart Rossi, Ph.D. joins in this episode and how the Biden coronavirus could help him in other initiatives.
President Joe Biden has his work cut out for him:
- The pandemic has been raging out of control this past year, with daily deaths in early January as high as 4,000+ and totaling 441,000 deaths to date, expecting to be over 500,000 by March 2021.
- Right-wing domestic terrorism has been steadily on the rise culminating with the Jan 6 attack on Congress, and chatter with more to come.
- The economy has only recovered 42% of the 22 million jobs lost during 2020.
- Schools and many businesses remain closed due to the pandemic.
- Russia pulled off the largest and most sophisticated cyber attack of U.S. government agencies in history.
President Biden declared that his priorities were (A) containing the pandemic and getting it under control, (B) repairing the economy, (C) confronting Climate Change, and racism.
As noted in MarketWatch, the President was quoted as saying …
Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face’
It’s a big agenda. In his early days on the job, Biden has signed a flurry of Executive Orders beginning to address some of the aforementioned agendas. Regarding the pandemic, he mandated masks on all federal lands and issued a 100-day mask challenge. He rescinded Trump’s withdrawal from eh World Health Organization. And according to AMA President Biden :
created the position of COVID-19 response coordinator to make sure all elements of the government’s response—including production, supply and distribution of personal protective equipment, vaccines and tests—are working swiftly.”
The new administration has had to navigate the news that (A) there was no previous coordinated national distribution plan for the vaccines, and (B) that the 2nd dose stockpile — that former President Trump alluded to — in fact didn’t exist.
As the pandemic got worse in December and January, there is still the issue of schools. Former President Trump urged for school reopenings last summer. Parents, teachers, and doctors all had different views, which created a lot of stress. In January 2021, local and state officials have been developing their own guidelines, for example, the state of Minnesota.
Biden Coronavirus Plan
The Biden team has been talking about how to address the pandemic since November 2020, which included a roadmap. But now that roadmap has to be implemented through defining tactics and initiating actionable-tasks. So in addition to the above, President Biden has also “activated the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up the production of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as testing and vaccine supplies desperately needed to stem the spread of illness and deaths”, and “FEMA asks Pentegon to ready as many as 10,000 troops to support nationwide vaccine push.”
IN THIS EPISODE
In this episode of WINK News, Dr. Rossi discusses the Biden administration effort to date, their overall messaging, and how the success or failure of the Biden pandemic effort may impact other parts of the administrations’ agenda.