On his first full day in office, President Joe Biden unveiled a 198-page national plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a wartime undertaking against COVID-19. Adding to the urgency, the U.S. recorded another near world record-high death toll Thursday with over 4,100 deaths.
Biden signed 10 executive orders to create a new national COVID-19 testing board, to help schools reopen, to mandate international travelers to quarantine upon arrival, and to mandate masks on many forms of interstate transportation.
President Joe Biden: “Our plan starts with mounting an aggressive, safe and effective vaccination program to meet our goal of administering 100 million shots in our first hundred days in office. We’re on day one. This will be one of the greatest operational challenges our nation has ever undertaken.”