After the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Biden and his deputy, He Jinli, announced their victory, they opened a power transfer website to list the four top tasks after taking office. This includes restoring the economy, racial equality, and responding to the epidemic and climate change.
Responding to the COVID-19
In response to the epidemic, Biden proposed to discuss with local officials about the implementation of the national mask order, strengthen testing, and promised to ensure that all citizens receive free virus testing on a regular basis. Also, ensuring that they have adequate protective equipment. Furthermore, Biden said that the government will rebuild and expand defence facilities to predict, prevent and mitigate threats from the pandemic.
Rebuilding relations with WHO
On the economic front, Biden said that he will provide assistance to local governments, so that teachers, firefighters and other necessary personnel will not be retrenched. He will also extend unemployment protection during the epidemic.
Biden will announce the list of members of the anti-epidemic task force. This group will be led by three co-chairs, namely Mersey, former medical director of the U.S. Public Health Service, former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Kessler, and Smith of Yale University. The Indian-born Mersey was appointed by Obama as the former medical director of the Public Health Bureau in 2014. He was only 37 years old at the time and was the youngest medical director of the Public Health Bureau.
Rejoining the Paris Agreement & restarting the DREAM CHASER Project
According to the US media, Biden plans to sign a number of executive orders on the first day after he is sworn in on January 20 next year to overthrow Trump’s many controversial policies, including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and not withdrawing from the WHO. Besides, he will repeal the entry ban for citizens of Muslim countries and restart the “Dream Chaser Program” to allow illegal immigrants who entered the United States at a young age to stay in the United States.
During the campaign, Biden promised many times that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the group would be overturned on his first day in office. Furthermore, the Trump administration decided to withdraw from the WHO on July 6 this year. The above-mentioned order will officially take effect on July 6, 2021. As for the Paris Agreement, the United States has officially withdrawn on the 4th of this month.
Biden also plans to formulate new White House ethics guidelines. In addition, through administrative orders, stipulating that all government officials shall not interfere with the investigations of the judicial department.
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