(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
On his second day as U.S. President, Joe Biden signed 10 COVID-19 related orders that were geared towards increasing vaccinations, testing and beginning the groundwork of reopening schools and businesses. This comes after he issued a mask-wearing mandate at federal buildings and during interstate travel on his first day as president.
Biden’s plan includes making the vaccinations avaliable at local pharmacies as he pushes to have 100 million doses administered in the first 100 days of his presidency.
Biden is also enacting a Cold War-era law called the Defense Product Act which allows for direct manufacturing of needed supplies for the pandemic.
Along with this, Biden is also pushing his $1.9 trillion economic relief package which includes another $1,400 stimulus check for Americans. About $400 billion would go to directly battling the virus while the rest would be economic relief and aid to the country.
BIDEN SNAPS AT ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER
On thursday in the White House, Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller asked Biden if 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days was high enough.
“Shouldn’t we set the bar higher? That’s basically where the U.S. is right now,” Miller said.
Biden sniped back “When I announced it you all said it’s not possible. Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start, 100 million.”
He then got up and left the room as a presidential aid then broke up the media event.