He doesn’t intend to waste time. A few hours after the confirmation of his victory in the US presidential election, Joe Biden announced on Saturday that he would set up, as of Monday, a cell bringing together scientists and experts on the Covid-19 epidemic.
The objective of this cell is to work “on a plan which will come into force on January 20, 2021”, that is to say the day of his inauguration, declared the president-elect in front of a crowd of supporters gathered in Wilmington, Delaware, to celebrate his victory.
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In this presidential election week, the country has recorded a marked increase in the epidemic, with record numbers of new infections for several days. “Our work begins by regaining control of the epidemic,” assured the future president in his speech.
This cell should bring together twelve experts, according to the New York Times, and will be headed by three people: Vivek Murthy, one of his advisers on health matters and former US equivalent to the Director General of Health, David Kessler, former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, Specialist Professor of Public Health at Yale University.
In his program, Joe Biden had already assured that on the first day of his appointment, he would create, in particular, a “council on the tests of the pandemic”. This council would be responsible for producing and distributing tens of millions of tests to improve monitoring of the epidemic. Experts are also expected to oversee vaccine development and distribution, improvement of health data, among other tasks.
A strategy that differs greatly from that of Donald Trump who, for several months, minimized the scale of the epidemic, including when he himself tested positive for Covid-19. But several American media remind us: Donald Trump still remains in office for two months. Two winter months during which the epidemic is likely to rebound, creating an even more difficult situation for Joe Biden to manage when he comes to power.
The United States also recorded, on Saturday, more than 122,000 new positive cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to an AFP count made at 8:30 p.m. local based on figures from Johns Hopkins University, which refers to. At the same time, 991 people have died from the virus in the United States, by far the most bereaved country in the world.
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