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As coronavirus infections increased across the country, President-elect Joe Biden said voters had given him the task of action.
“Daily cases are skyrocketing,” Biden said in Friday night’s speech in Wilmington, Del., As the nation waited for the called election. “I want everyone – everyone – to know that on Day 1 we are going to have this virus control plan in place.”
Biden repeated that pledge in his award acceptance speech Saturday night.
“On Monday, I will appoint a team of top scientists and experts as transition advisors to help implement the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action plan starting on the 20th. January 2021, “said the president-elect.
Many voters helped propel Biden to the presidency ranking the pandemic as the most important issue facing the US, according to polls from AP VoteCast.
So how will Biden bring hope to them?
Specifically, Biden’s plan calls for empowering scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help provide national, evidence-based guidance to prevent outbreaks and to invest. significantly on vaccine delivery and testing and the establishment of a public health force to carry out contact tracking and other services.
“We have to operate as a country. That means there must be a national plan,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, former general surgeon and chief consultant of the Biden campaign, told NPR near here.
Murthy said Biden will focus on helping Americans get what they need to keep themselves and their families safe. “What you’ll see is the laser focused on making sure people are … well-checked and well informed,” he said.
Murthy said the Biden administration will have a unified message and strategy on how to proceed. “Rebuilding public trust is about communication. It’s about following science,” he added.
Ezekiel Emanuel, a doctor and professor at the University of Pennsylvania who gave Biden a brief introduction to health policy, told NPR he had to see how Biden performed in the administration’s economic recovery effort. Obama in 2009, which Biden manages as vice president. “You’re going to have to rigorously evaluate and refine constantly” policies and strategies, “he said.
While working on the Rehabilitation Act, Emanuel said, Biden “kept asking, ‘Are we doing the right thing?’ “and try to adjust mid-post, if necessary. “He’s a very practical guy,” said Emanuel.
Below is a summary of Biden’s recommendations:
This report is drawn from one more extensive analysis of the Biden pandemic plan announced on October 28.
1. Place shared guidelines to slow down the spread of the community
Under Biden’s plan, the CDC will be instructed to provide specific guidance – based on how much of the community is pervasive – on “how to open schools, open businesses,” Emanuel said, or when deadlines apply Restrictions on aggregate size or length of stay – home orders may be required.
It will create a national “pandemic dashboard” to share this information with the public. This is the strategy recommended by a group of leading public health experts who have come up with a community risk assessment framework.
And Biden said that he would work with every governor to make the mask mandatory in public in their state. Many states have masking regulations in place, but although research shows that universal masking can save more than 100,000 lives, there is currently no national coordination or requirement.
2. Serious reinforcement test
The Biden campaign has said the goal is “to ensure that all Americans have access to a regular, reliable, and free trial.” His administration will work to double the number of test sites to drive through and invest in “next generation testing”, including home testing and instant testing.
“Not enough to know in seven days or five days or three days whether you have a COVID,” Biden recently told CBS ‘ 60 minutes. If the delay is too long, a person may unintentionally spread the disease while waiting for the results.
There are currently a number of home test kits that give quick results without submitting to the lab under development, but none have yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Although there has been a significant expansion in testing, “testing is not yet available and affordable for everyone nationwide,” Murthy told NPR.
3. Hire thousands of public health workers
The Biden group pledged to “mobilize” 100,000 Americans to work with local organizations across the country to conduct contact tracking and other health services for populations at high risk of COVID- 19.
The idea is to empower local communities and health departments to assist people in the face of challenges such as food insecurity and affordable housing.
“Imagine a force of public health workers helping to train school officials how to safely reopen,” Murthy told NPR. Or help launch public education campaigns about vaccines and how to stay safe during a pandemic. “Think of a diverse workforce that looks like the country we are trying to serve,” Murthy said.
4. Help people get health insurance
Millions of Americans lost their health insurance coverage during the pandemic. Biden’s coronavirus plan proposes for the federal government to cover 100% of COBRA insurance costs during the time of the crisis. Stef Feldman, Biden’s national policy director, told NPR: “So when people lose their employer health insurance, they can continue to use that insurance, until the point. our current.
In addition, Biden will push to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, which expands coverage by attracting more people to be eligible for premium subsidies. Biden also hopes to promote Medicaid expansion in states that have not yet done so, and he has proposed offering Medicare coverage to Americans starting at age 60 (instead of 65).
During the pandemic, some governors asked the Trump administration to reopen the federal Obamacare market during a special enrollment period. Feldman told NPR that Biden will do so shortly after taking office to allow people who have lost their insurance to register for new plans. She called it “a fundamental step that President Trump refused to take.”
5. Create a caring workforce
During the pandemic, Biden said many families are having difficulty finding reasonable care for their children, elderly or frail relatives or loved ones with disabilities. “At the same time, professional caregivers may lose their jobs or continue working while their lives are at risk without being paid enough,” his campaign plan noted.
Biden plans to work with the states to speed up the waiting list for Medicaid paid in-home care. In addition, the president-elect supported many steps to expand care services, including ensuring access to preschools for 3 and 4 year olds and supporting caregivers through job training and improvement. rights and protection.
Expanding opportunities in the women-dominated care workforce will play a dual role in helping homemakers, says Sherry Glied, Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Department of Public Services. families, both helping to improve women’s employment prospects. The driving economic crisis has had a more severe impact on women.
6. Intensifying vaccine distribution and production of personal protective equipment
Countries will need a lot of money to distribute a vaccine and ensure that it is available to everyone who wants it. There are complex logistics services that require planning and resources. State governors are now asking for more guidance and financial support.
The Biden team proposes to invest $ 25 billion in a plan to manufacture and distribute the vaccine “making sure it reaches every American, free of charge.”
The president-elect also wants to address the lack of personal protective equipment that has plagued the US healthcare system since the pandemic began. The Biden group said after its inauguration, it would work to make sure many of these essential supplies were produced and distributed “instead of letting the states, cities, tribes and territories take care of themselves.”
Biden said he will use the Defense Manufacturing Act to increase production of masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment to oversupply.