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Joe Biden will ask Americans for 100 days of mask

Joe Biden reported that he will ask Americans to commit to wearing a mask for 100 days in one of his first actions as president, refraining from issuing a nationwide order that he has spoken about before to stop the coronavirus.

The move represents a notable departure from President Donald Trump, whose skepticism about the use of masks has contributed to the politicization of the issue. That caused many people to refuse to implement a practice that, according to health experts, is one of the simplest ways to control the pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 275,000 Americans.

The president-elect has frequently emphasized the use of masks as a “patriotic duty,” and during his campaign he hinted at the possibility of ordering their use at the national level, although he later recognized that enforcing the mandate would be beyond the president’s ability.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Biden said he will apply to Americans during his inauguration on January 20.

“On the first day I take office, I will ask the public to wear a mask for 100 days. Only 100 days of mask; not forever, just 100 days. And I think we will see a significant reduction ”in the virus, Biden said.

The Democrat also said that he asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to remain in his administration “in exactly the same position that he has held during past presidents,” as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The president-elect commented that he asked Fauci to be “a senior medical adviser” and to be part of his COVID-19 combat team.

As for the coronavirus vaccine, Biden said he would “gladly” inoculate himself in public to ease any concerns about the vaccine’s efficacy and safety. Three previous presidents – Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton – have also said they would get vaccinated at public events to show the public that it is a safe practice.

“People have lost faith in the vaccine’s ability to work,” Biden said, adding that “what a president and vice president do is important.”

In that same interview, Biden also weighed in on reports that Trump is weighing the possibility of granting pardons for himself and those close to him.

“I am concerned about the kind of precedent it would set and the way the rest of the world sees us as a nation of law and justice,” he said.

Biden pledged that his Justice Department “will operate independently,” and whoever he chooses to head that agency will have “the independent ability to decide who is investigated.”

“In our government you will not see that type of stance on pardons, and neither will you see in our government those stances of doing politics through tweets,” he said.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris added that any decision that comes from the Justice Department “must be based on facts, it must be based on the law; it should not be influenced by politics.

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