Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, after their victory, have announced that they will fight the pandemic with an aggressive strategy.
The number of cases has reached 130,553 per day, and the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation predicted that by the time Biden assumes full presidency in January, the death toll will increase to above 372,000, which stands at 237,000.
A physician at the Brown University also pitched in saying that by the time Biden takes office, the pandemic crisis will have worsened drastically.
Biden proposed a plan to counter the pandemic, which was published on his website and is now also available on the Biden-Harris transition website. On the other hand, Trump’s administration proudly bragged that the pandemic was over during their time even though cases were growing rapidly.
Biden plans to increase the amount of testing by providing free and reliable testing all across the country. Testing will allow scientists to have more data on the virus, which will help them slow down the spread. Around 40% of the cases are asymptomatic and there is no way to trace them besides testing and 75% of infected people need to be quarantined immediately.
He also aims to provide $25 billion in funding to initiate the creation of an infrastructure that will allow every state to distribute the vaccines for free. He also mentions that politics will not be a determining factor in authorizing a vaccine.
According to a study published in Nature, if 95% of the citizens of America wear masks, we could prevent 100,000 lives from succumbing to the virus. Moreover, according to the National Nurses United, above 1,700 medical workers have died due to a shortage of personal protective equipment. They had no choice but to reuse equipment. Biden plans to make wearing masks mandatory in public while increasing the supply of protective equipment.
Biden will also be pushing for more involvement from the CDC, which was sidelined during the Trump administration. Moreover, he will also initiate a COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force to address the minorities that have been disproportionately affected by the virus.
Biden also plans to rejoin the World Health Organization, which the US withdrew from during the Trump administration. In addition to this, he will also re-launch PREDICT which is a program that detects future pathogen threats similar to the coronavirus.