Biden Puts Forth Virus Strategy, Requires Mask Use To Travel

President Joe Biden addresses the nation at the Celebrating America concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after his inauguration.. (Joshua Roberts/Pool photo via AP)

(AP) — President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that they be worn for travel. Biden also will address inequities in hard-hit minority communities as he signs 10 pandemic-related executive orders on Thursday, his second day in office.  Biden acknowledged the urgency of the mission in his inaugural address, saying the U.S. is entering what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the pandemic. Biden administration officials say a coordinated nationwide effort is needed to defeat the virus.


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