The first ever national day of mourning was held as part of the Inaugural celebrations on January 20 to mark the deaths of more than 400,000 Americans.
On his first day in office President Biden required masks on all Federal property, rejoined WHO, joined the worldwide COVAX vaccine platform, extended COVID foreclosure and eviction moratoriums, froze student debt collection, and invoked the Defense Production Act to fight the virus. “This is a wartime undertaking,” Mr. Biden said, noting the number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 is more than those who died during all of World War II.
Biden set up a COVID office reporting directly to the President to coordinate federal and state activities related to vaccination, PPE, testing, and schools. He reestablished the National Security Council’s directorate for global health security and biodefense which had been disbanded by the Trump administration.
He named Dr. Anthony Fauci chief medical adviser to the President and asked him to continue as head of the coronavirus task force. Fauci will keep his current job as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci spoke to the WHO executive board on January 21, one year to the day since the U.S.’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
President Biden has asked everyone to wear a mask for 100 days to slow the spread of the virus.