Biden Signs Executive Orders To Battle Pandemic: 'This Is A Wartime Undertaking'

Sanjana Karanth
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President Joe Biden signed a slew of orders on Thursday meant to kickstart his administration’s national COVID-19 strategy, calling the aggressive effort a “wartime undertaking.”

The newly minted president signed 10 executive actions designed to focus on mending public trust and increasing transparency; accelerating production of materials for tests and vaccines; improving COVID-19 response coordination with state and local officials; and making sure pandemic strategies are equitable and reach communities that are hit hardest.

“Our national strategy is comprehensive. It’s based on science, not politics. It’s based on truth, not denial. And it’s detailed ― you can review this entire plan,” Biden said at the signing, showing a copy of the plan that’s available on the White House’s website.

“Our plan starts with mounting an aggressive, safe and effective vaccination campaign to meet our goal of administering 100 million shots in our first 100 days in office,” he continued. “This will be one of the greatest operational challenges our nation has ever undertaken. And I’m committed to getting it done, we’re committed to getting it done.”

Here are the 10 executive actions:

  • Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain

  • Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety

  • Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery

  • Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

  • Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce

  • Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers

  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to...

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