The newly elected U.S. president's first full day at the White House started off with the signing of executive orders aimed at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Today, today, I am unveiling a national strategy on COVID-19 and executive actions to beat this pandemic."
In his first briefing on the pandemic on Thursday, Biden issued 10 executive orders addressing the situation,… adding to the first round of orders signed on inauguration day.
Biden unveiled strategies to contain the current health crisis, by first promising to ramp up vaccination supplies.
"Our plan starts with mounting an aggressive, safe and effective vaccination campaign to meet our goal of administering 100 million shots in our first 100 days in office."
Under Biden's order, 100 vaccination centers will be set up within a month,… with vaccination programs for local pharmacies to begin next month.
On top of Wednesday's mask mandate order on federal property,… Biden added that people must wear masks in airports as well as on planes, trains, and buses.
The new order also requires foreigners to test negative for COVID-19 prior to arriving in the U.S. and self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.
He also sought to reopen schools under safe guidance.
In a White House press briefing moments after Biden's sign off, U.S. top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave an update on the administration's vaccine efforts.
Fauci noted that the new administration will not completely abandon strategies from the Trump administration but will continue the work by amplifying methods.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.