Washington, December 9
US President-elect Joe Biden has said that in the first 100 days of his administration, he would mandate everyone to wear a mask, ensure 100 million Covid vaccinations and reopen the majority of schools. He assured Americans that his “crisis-tested” team of experts would deliver better healthcare and revive the economy.
The US is in the midst of a deadly pandemic that has infected almost 15 million Americans and killed 2,86,000. Globally, there are 68.2 million Covid cases and the pandemic has claimed more than 1.5 million lives. Announcing his national health team, Biden asked the Trump administration to act now to purchase the doses it has negotiated with Pfizer and Moderna and to work swiftly to scale manufacturing for the US population and the world.
“This can be fixed. If it does, my team will be able to get at least 100 million vaccinations done in my first 100 days. Third, it should be a national priority to get our kids back into school and keep them in school,” he said on Tuesday. “If Congress provides the funding we need to protect students, educators, and staff, and if states and cities put strong public health measures in place that we all follow, then my team will work to see that the majority of our schools can be opened by the end of my first 100 days,” he added.
Meanwhile, Britain has advised that people with a history of significant allergies do not get Pfizer-BioNTech’s covid vaccine after two people reported severe adverse reactions on the first day of the rollout. — Agencies
President-elect, Harris pledge advancing racial equity
Washington: Joe Biden and his deputy Kamala Harris have reaffirmed advancing racial equity and assembling a diverse White House and Cabinet that represents America as they met with a group of eminent civil right leaders, including Indian-American Vanita Gupta. In presence of Congressman Cedric Richmond in the meeting, Biden thanked civil rights leaders for their support and counsel over the years and expressed desire that this was the first of an ongoing relationship with his administration. PTI