Today's Headlines: Biden's national pandemic response

Today's Headlines: Biden's national pandemic response

1/22/2021 9:33:00 PM

Today's Headlines: Biden's national pandemic response

President Biden moves to take a more assertive federal role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

TOP STORIESBiden’s National Pandemic ResponseAfter months of watching from the sidelines as the coronavirus crisis worsened,President Bidenis moving swiftly to try to assert control over the nation’s pandemic response — a marked shift from how former President Trump forced individual states to set their own courses.

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On Biden’s first full day in office, he signed 10 executive orders, includingwhere Americans can receive shots. He also charged his administration with developing guidelines for reopening schools and improving data collection to track the battle against COVID-19.

AdvertisementSome of his initiatives are already in place in various forms. For example, he ordered federal agencies to require masks on airplanes and other public transportation, policies that are being enforced by airlines and transit agencies.Biden has cautioned that things will get worse before they get better. On Inauguration Day, the U.S. recorded a single-day record of 4,409 deaths, and it’s been averaging about 3,000 deaths a day for the last week. Projections show that the COVID-19 death toll, at roughly 410,000, could reach 500,000 next month.

However, some signs of improvement are evident: The number of daily cases and hospitalizations dropped in recent days.AdvertisementThe Chaos at the BorderOn Inauguration Day, Biden unveiled a comprehensive immigration reform proposal offeringan eight-year path to citizenship

for some 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally and green cards to upwards of 1 million DACA recipients, people with temporary protected status and farmworkers.But how he plans to deal with those wanting to come to the U.S. is less clear. Few along the border, from asylum seekers to U.S. agents, have answers for how Biden will confront the chaos there that he inherited from Trump:

How to deal with about 30,000 migrants waiting in limbo, as well as thousands more heading north, amid a pandemic that Trump used to close the border.Biden has yet to answer himself. But the longer such uncertainty remains, the more the dangers for those involved grow.

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