An action plan against the coronavirus presented by President-elect Joe Biden has as its axis a massive vaccination campaign and greater coordination between all levels of government.
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The nation, divided, is in the midst of the most dangerous wave of the pandemic yet. More than 380,000 people have died in the country.
Biden hopes that his multi-dimensional strategy, which he plans to unveil in a speech Thursday night, will allow the country to start on the road to recovery after his first 100 days in office. “It will be tough,” Biden said Monday upon receiving his second dose of vaccine. “It will not be easy. But we can do it ”.
A more disciplined approach to vaccination is the new element that is expected to change the situation, but it is far from the only one. Biden calls on the population to overcome the feeling of fatigue caused by the pandemic and to commit again to wearing masks, maintaining social distance and avoiding crowds indoors. It remains the surest way to stem the wave of COVID-19, which on Tuesday caused more than 4,400 deaths.
Biden has also said he will ask Congress for more funds to help states in their campaigns against the pandemic and to refill empty coffers for basic services. Democratic lawmakers push for an economic stimulus with a payment of $ 2,000 to all Americans.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Biden’s COVID-19 package will be the first item on the agenda this year.
But the biggest challenge for Biden will be “winning the hearts and minds of Americans to follow his lead,” said Dr. Leana Wen, an expert in public health and emergency medicine.
With the backing of Congress and the knowledge of scientists, the Donald Trump administration has delivered two effective vaccines and more are expected. But a month after the first injections, the country’s vaccination campaign proceeds slowly: just 10.3 million people have received the first of two doses, although more than 29 million doses have been delivered.