He takes out the heavy artillery. US President Joe Biden promised Thursday, January 21 a mobilization as “in times of war” facing the Covid-19, denouncing the “terrible failure” vaccine distribution. “Our strategy is based on science, not politics, on truth, not on denial”, he said. Objective: to mark the contrast with Donald Trump the day after taking office and when the milestone of 400,000 deaths has just been crossed.
By signing a series of ten executive orders, he announced that anyone arriving by plane to the United States from another country would have to test negative upon arrival and “observe quarantine”.
Asked whether his stated goal of 100 million vaccinations in 100 days was not lacking in ambition, he reacted strongly: “When I announced it, you all said it wouldn’t be possible”, he said. “Come on, you’re not serious!”, he added.
Pledging to always give the floor to scientists, especially immunologist Anthony Fauci, he promised Americans transparency on “the good news and the bad news”, deeming it essential to “restore confidence” after the procrastination of its predecessor.
Anthony Fauci, who also worked with Donald Trump’s team, made no secret of his relief during an intervention a few minutes later from the press room. “The idea of being able to come here, talk about what we know, the proofs, the science, gives the feeling of a form of liberation”, he said, acknowledging that he had found himself in “uncomfortable” with the previous president.
The new US administration, taking the opposite view of Donald Trump, thanked the World Health Organization on Thursday for its leadership role in the planetary fight against the pandemic, and assured it of its financial support.
The United States, which announced its return to the WHO on Wednesday, has “the intention to meet their financial obligations to the organization”, said Dr Fauci. The 46th American president also issued an executive order making it compulsory in federal buildings to wear the mask that his predecessor had only reluctantly donned.