- "On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask— not forever, just 100 days."
- Mr. Biden also pledged to get vaccinated, and to do so in public, when the White House chief epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, announces that it is safe.
- The director of the CDC also predicted that by February, 450,000 people will have died in the United States.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will ask Americans to wear a mask during his first 100 days of his presidency, due to begin on January 20. The Democrat said that in federal facilities or in means of interstate transportation, such as airplanes or buses, he will make the use of the mask mandatory. A broader order will remain in the hands of local governments.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask— not forever, just 100 days. And I think we’ll see a significant reduction” in the virus, Biden said in an interview with CNN.
The measure announced by Mr. Biden will not mean a great change compared to the current administration of President Donald Trump. Despite being criticized for not having taken the pandemic with the seriousness that it deserves, and for not leading by example, President Trump has also asked Americans to wear a mask.
During the interview, Mr. Biden also pledged to get vaccinated, and to do so in public, when the White House chief epidemiologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, announces that it is safe. This is the same position that the last three former Presidents of the United States— Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton—have also taken.
“I would be happy to do that one,” Mr. Biden replied when he was asked if he would be prepared to have the coronavirus vaccine before he is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States in January. Mr. Biden said that his three predecessors have set the model as to what should be done.
He explained that people have lost faith in the vaccine’s ability to work. He said the numbers are staggeringly low, and what the President and Vice President do is important.
When the first 100 days of the Biden administration are completed, at the end of April, it is expected that the production and distribution of the vaccines will be widely extended, and that most Americans who want it will be able to get vaccinated.
Dr. Fauci to Retain his Post
Mr. Biden confirmed on Thursday that the main scientific officer in the fight against the coronavirus in the country, Dr. Fauci, would continue to advise the next Democratic administration.
“I asked him to stay on in the exact same role as he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well and be part of the COVID team,” Mr. Biden revealed to CNN.
The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases— more than 14 million— and deaths— 284,405— in the world. More than 2,500 deaths from the coronavirus a day have been recorded since the beginning of December, according to Worldometers.
The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also predicted that by February, 450,000 people will have died in the United States. This means some 175,000 new deaths between the remainder of December and January.