DemDaily: Biden’s Battle. Against COVID

April 7, 2021

It has now been over a year that Americans have been living under the devastating cloud of the coronavirus pandemic.

When Donald Trump finally proclaimed a national emergency on March 13, 2020, there were 2,030 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States and 45 deaths.

COVID-19 numbers in the US now stand at 30,962,025 cases and over 554,420 fatalities, as the Biden administration aggressively attacks the pandemic through implementation of a national coronavirus policy, executive orders and relief legislation.

(AP)

Biden's Battle
Within the first two weeks of taking office January 20, 2021, President Biden issued 15 executive orders related to immediate action on the pandemic.

The first three, signed by the new president on inauguration day, included mandatory mask-wearing requirements on federal property, the establishment of a White House COVID office, and rejoining the World Health Organization.

Others accelerated PPE production, mandated masks on public transportation, directed OSHA to enforce worker health and safety requirements, and ordered  the Department of Education and HHS to provide guidance for safely reopening and operating schools.

On March 11th, 50 days into his presidency, Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which focuses on providing economic relief to struggling Americans.

COVID Cases per State (NBC/Click)

In addition to providing direct stimulus checks to US citizens, the Plan includes, among other benefits. $50 billion for vaccine distribution, $47.8 billion for COVID-19 testing and prevention, $10 billion for PPE production, and $7.7 billion for increased staffing of public health departments.

Biden's American Jobs Plan, unveiled on March 31st, also included $30 billion to prevent future pandemics, plus hundreds of billions for aspects of American infrastructure which have been tested by the pandemic: $100 billion for nationwide high-speed broadband, $100 billion for upgrading and building public schools, and $400 billion for improvements to home or community-based care for the elderly and people with disabilities.

On Tuesday, April 6th, Biden announced that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible to be vaccinated by April 19th, well ahead of his original deadline of May 1st.

"We know what we have to do. We have to ramp up a whole of government approach that rallies the whole country and puts us on a war footing to truly beat this virus. And that's what we've been doing, getting enough vaccine supply, mobilizing more vaccinators, creating more places to get vaccinated, and we're now administering an average of 3 million shots per day, over 20 million shots a week."-- President Joseph Biden 4/6/21

The Race to Vaccinate
The US is now administering an average of over 3 million vaccine doses per day and, for the first time, exceeded 4 million doses administered in a 24 hour period last weekend.

Vaccinations by State and Territory (CDC/Click)

In total, over 168 million vaccine doses have been administered in the US, far exceeding the Biden administration's initial goal of providing 100 million vaccine doses in the President's first 100 days in office. Given its early success, the administration is now aiming to achieve 200 million doses within the same time period.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the states with the highest vaccination rates, as measured by number of doses administered per 100k residents, are New Mexico, South Dakota, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Globally, the United States leads the vaccination race, followed by China, India, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Turkey.

The COVID Count
Despite the all-out assault on the pandemic, Americans are not out of the woods yet.

NPR Vaccination Tool Kit (CLICK to use!)

According to the CDC, cases of COVID-19 rapidly decreased from mid-January to late February, before a small uptick in early March.

In mid-March, the nation hit a low of less than 40,000 cases per day, a number last seen in October of 2020. Since then, however, cases have slightly increased, reaching over 61,000 daily cases on Tuesday, April 6th.

Worldwide, there have been 132,605,091 reported cases of COVID, including 2,876,691 deaths.

The United States, unfortunately, leads this count as well, with 30.9 million, followed by Brazil (13.1 million), India (12.8 million), France (4.8 million), Russia (4.6 million) and the UK (4.4 million).

Stay Safe. Wear your mask.

An Associated Press-NORC poll conducted March 26-29, 2021 found that 73% of Americans approve of President Biden's handling of the pandemic (MOE +/- 3.6%).

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Sources: Johns Hopkins CSSE and Center for Disease Control, NPR, NBC, ABC, New York Times, CNN

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