Finally. We did it. Looking back to when I first began this blog around March, I never would’ve thought we’d have a new democratic president AND a FEMALE vice president!! It is amazing how just in the first month of 2021 we have been able to witness so many historical changes. These moments will be in history books. The moments where American citizens were able to come together in distraught and work hard to change our future to blue. Hey, I guess Trump really did make America great again! Anyway, let’s get back on topic. If you watched the inauguration yesterday morning, I think we can both agree that it was mesmerizing. It really signified the fact that America has a great future ahead. In today’s blog post, I will be writing about what Biden has done in his first days as president and what he intends to do about the pandemic over his term.
Over the course of merely 2 days, Biden has signed 15 executive actions. According to NPR, these consist of “a mandate for masks on federal property, an action to rejoin the Paris climate accord, a removal of Trump's travel ban affecting Muslim-majority nations, a proclamation halting further funding or construction to the wall along the U.S. southern border, and an order reversing Trump's decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization.” Overall, it seems like Biden is just cleaning up the mess of the last presidential term.
In terms of the global pandemic, Biden’s administration has presented an extensive plan. I will be mentioning the major components of his plan, for more specifics visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/priorities/covid-19/. First and foremost, they plan to increase the number of testing sites, and correlating with this they want to increase testing capacity through tactics such as the implementation of at-home tests and tests that give instant results. To distribute these tests they plan to create a Pandemic Testing Board. Despite contrary belief, dispersal of COVID tests is a vital constituent of getting the pandemic under control. On the authority of the NIH, testing saves lives. “A positive test early in the course of the illness enables individuals to isolate themselves – reducing the chances that they will infect others and allowing them to seek treatment earlier, likely reducing disease severity and the risk of long-term disability, or death.” To put this in simpler terms, taking a test allows you to know if you are putting others at risk and influencing the spread of the virus. If you are restraining yourself from getting tested(while having symptoms) out of fear, anxiety, or some other reason, put other people’s lives into consideration. Step into the shoes of those who are dying and losing family members. This will show you that now more than ever it is important that we are empathetic. Other integral plans that Biden plans to enforce include increased distribution of supplies, like face masks and hand sanitizer, as well as emergency and restart packages to help schools and small businesses. Overall, Biden has demonstrated that he has a well-thought-out and ample plan to help America get through this pandemic.
We have been left behind in progress compared to other countries due to inadequate leadership and prospects to reverse this look promising. Biden assumed leadership of our country during a time of separation and distress, somewhat relatable to the context of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Although both handling the pandemic and opposition from the majority of those on the right will prove to be difficult, Biden’s administration has proved and will continue to, that the voters made the right choice. Thank you for reading.
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