CORONAVIRUS – The American president promised this Thursday, January 21, a mobilization as “in time of war” in the face of Covid-19, announcing restrictions for travelers and denouncing the “terrible failure” of the distribution of vaccines.
“Our strategy is based on science, not politics, on truth, not on denial”, launched Joe Biden, eager, the day after taking office, to mark the contrast with Donald Trump at the time when the course of the 400,000 deaths had 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 on 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 would not be possible”, he said. “Come on, you’re not serious!” He added.
Committing to always give the floor to scientists, in particular to immunologist Anthony Fauci, he promised the Americans transparency on “the good and the bad news”, deeming essential to “restore confidence” after the procrastination of his predecessor.
Dr 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, to talk about what we know, the proofs, the science, gives the feeling of a form of liberation”, he declared, acknowledging having found himself in “uncomfortable” situations with the previous president.
The new US administration, taking the opposite view of Donald Trump, on Thursday thanked the World Health Organization 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, “intends to fulfill its 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.
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