Biden Unveils Coronavirus Plan, Warns It Will Take Time To See Improvement

Headline Roundup January 21st, 2021

On Thursday, President Joe Biden revealed his comprehensive plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, though he warned that it would take months for the actions to significantly impact the pandemic's course. According to Biden, the plan is "based on science, not politics. It's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed." The president warned that the death toll will likely reach 500,000 people next month as the administration works to vaccinate Americans and limit the spread of the virus through masks and social distancing. Biden announced 10 new executive orders while his administration released a 200-page plan. The executive orders include a mask mandate on public transportation, requiring international travelers to have a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S., an invocation of the Defense Production Act to resupply personal protective equipment, and distribution of tests and vaccines. Biden will also establish a "COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force," a new pandemic testing research board, and will create a COVID-19 Response Office.

Biden's new coronavirus plan received coverage across the political spectrum. Some left-rated outlets compared Biden's response to former President Donald Trump's coronavirus response; some right-rated outlets tended to highlight Biden's grim remarks about the number of cases, as well as the strict orders the administration is placing on the nation.

Biden Unveils Coronavirus Plan, Warns It Will Take Time To See Improvement

From the Left
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President Biden, seeking to assert leadership over the coronavirus pandemic, signed a string of executive orders and presidential directives on Thursday aimed at creating the kind of centralized authority that the Trump administration had shied away from.

The orders included new requirements for masks on interstate planes, trains and buses, the creation of a national testing board and mandatory quarantines for international travelers arriving in the United States. Mr. Biden predicted that the national death toll from Covid-19 would top 500,000 next month, refusing to play down the carnage that...

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From the Right
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President Joe Biden on Thursday announced 10 new executive orders as part of his administration's "wartime" strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic, including an interstate mask mandate and an invocation of the Defense Production Act to resupply PPE, coronavirus tests, and vaccines.

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From the Center
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President Biden on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive strategy to address the coronavirus pandemic while warning that it would take months for his administration’s actions to significantly alter the trajectory of the pandemic.

Biden, seeking to manage expectations as the United States confronts a dire period of infections, said that the COVID-19 death toll would likely top 500,000 in February and that it would take months to get Americans vaccinated against the virus.

“We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it’s going to take months for us to turn...

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