Takeaways from Biden's COVID-19 Executive Orders: Experts Celebrate Plan, Warn 'a Lot of Work' Is Left
Jan 21, 2021
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President Joe Biden hit the ground running on his first full day in office, signing 10 more executive orders as part of his administration’s nationwide strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Though some plans are contingent on the passage of the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, others will have an immediate impact on the nation's daily response to the virus.
Overall, public health experts said, they are thrilled to see science driving a cohesive national strategy.
“It’s about time,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean of Emory University School of Medicine. “We’re finally having federal leadership. ... This is actually what should have happened 400,000 deaths before.”
This is only the first step. Experts said these high-level directives will take time to become detailed actions.