By Matthew Rodriguez
The new coronavirus task force awaits the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden to make its work official.
The group will focus on quick and equitable vaccine distribution once it becomes available, according to the president-elect. The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States grew to more than 10 million this week.
At the same time the task force took shape, Biden asked Americans to wear masks. He also says he will dedicate the necessary resources to fight the virus.
“That plan will be built on bedrock science, will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern,” Biden said from his hometown in Wilmington, DE. “I will spare no effort, none, or any commitment to turn around this pandemic.”
Until a vaccine is available for wide distribution, the Biden-Harris COVID-19 plan will focus on the production of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
The president-elect says he will improve contact tracing and address the effects caused by the racial disparity of coronavirus infection. He also plans to focus on vulnerable populations, such as those with underlying conditions and senior citizens who are also at risk.
President-elect Biden also called for an immediate end to the “demonization in America” by stating his willingness to reach across the political spectrum to include supporters and detractors alike. He has pledged to heal a deeply divided nation.
“I am a proud Democrat, but I will govern as an American president,” he said from the podium. “I will work as hard for those who didn’t vote for me as those who did.”