The national strategy includes restoring public trust as well as increasing supplies of PPE, testing materials and vaccines through the Defense Production Act
President Joe Biden has put America on a wartime footing against the coronavirus, revealing an ambitious plan to tackle the pandemic. He emphasized that the national strategy is comprehensive and is “driven by science, data, and public health, not politics.”
“Our national plan launches a full-scale wartime effort to address the supply shortages by ramping up production and protective equipment, syringes, needles, you name it. And when I say wartime, people look at me like wartime?…4,00,000 Americans have died. That’s more than World War 2… this is a wartime undertaking,” said Biden. The federal government emphasized that it will launch an “unprecedented public campaign that builds trust around vaccination and communicates the importance of maintaining public health measures” such as wearing face masks, physical distancing, testing, and contact tracing even as people receive safe and effective vaccinations.
What are the goals?
Expanding masking and testing: The President has issued an executive order, directing compliance with guidance by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on masking and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors. Additionally, another executive order instructs applicable agencies to take immediate action to require mask-wearing on many airplanes, trains, and certain other forms of public transportation in the US.
International travelers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test before coming to the US, and quarantine on arrival, reads the “national strategy for the Covid-19 response and pandemic preparedness”.
A Covid-19 pandemic testing board will be established to oversee the implementation of a “clear, unified approach” to testing. The federal government will expand the rapid testing supply and double test supplies and increase testing capacity. School screening testing programs to help schools reopen will be supported. A US public health workforce program of new community-based workers will assist with testing, tracing and vaccination.
Mount a safe and effective vaccination campaign: The President has developed a plan for expanding vaccine manufacturing and purchasing coronavirus vaccine doses for the US population by leveraging contract authorities, including the Defense Production Act; deploying onsite support to monitor contract manufacturing operations; and purchasing additional Food and Drug Administration or FDA-authorized vaccines to deliver as quickly as possible.
To expand the supply available to states, the Biden administration will end the policy of holding back significant levels of doses. Instead, it will hold back a small reserve and monitor supply to ensure that everyone receives the full regimen as recommended by the FDA. It intends to improve the allocation process by providing states and localities with. Brinkwire Brief News.