Getting the pandemic under control won’t be easy. But health experts basically know what has to happen.
In many ways, Decision 2020 came down to the pandemic. Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris made coronavirus control a central part of their message to voters. “I’m not going to shut down the country. I’m not going to shut down the economy. I’m going to shut down the virus,” Biden’s account tweeted in the final days. Meanwhile, President Trump continued to downplay the risks—even as his campaign rallies spread the virus across the country—and considered firing his top medical and scientific advisers, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the top U.S. expert on the pandemic.
The choice to address the pandemic didn’t have to be political. It was made so by the Trump administration’s decisions to downplay Covid-19 and appropriate safety measures. Now, Biden and his first crop of appointees will have a chance to take a different approach. In his victory address Saturday night, Biden pledged a new coronavirus task force, starting Monday. “Our work begins,” he said, “with getting Covid under control…. I will spare no effort, none, or any commitment to turn around this pandemic.” Read more at The New Republic.
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