President Joe Biden has vowed to move “heaven and earth” to administer 100 million vaccines to Americans in 100 days while unveiling his national Covid-19 plan on Thursday – all while calling the Trump administration’s vaccine plan a “dismal failure”.
On the first day of his administration, Mr Biden unveiled his national strategy for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, which involved 10 executive orders.
Americans make up four per cent of the population, Mr Biden said, yet the country accounted for 25 per cent of global Covid-19 cases and 20 per cent of global deaths.
“For the past year, we couldn’t rely on the federal government to act with the urgency and focus and coordination we needed. And we have seen the tragic cost of that failure,” Mr Biden said, calling the vaccine rollout a “dismal failure”.
The Biden administration was now tasked with tackling the pandemic at a time more than 400,000 American have died from Covid-19 and the country has over 24 million recorded cases.
“Things are going to continue to get worse before they get better,” Mr Biden warned. “The death toll will likely top 500,000 next months, It’s going to take months for us to turn this around.”
But he said that America would “get through this” and “defeat this pandemic”.
“Help is on the way,” Mr Biden added before unveiling parts of his national strategy.
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