As one of the most pressing issues in front of this administration with over 26 million cases in the US, Biden enacted several Executive Orders regarding COVID19 protections within the very first day in office. The US’ recovery is vital to Australia’s economy.
Executive Order on Protecting Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing
Requires CDC guidelines including masks, testing and physical distancing for federal employees or on federal property. Encourages Mask wearing across America and Establishes Safer Workforce Task Force. Issue Date (20/01/2021).
Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security
Establishes the position of a COVID-19 response coordinator within the executive office to organize the White House’s plan for controlling COVID19. Provides an outlet for the US to lead in Global Health and security through preparation to respond to biological threats and pandemics. Issue Date (20/01/2021).
Rejoining the World Health Organization
Biden rescinded previous intention from prior administration to withdraw from WHO via a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Issue Date (20/01/2021).
Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel
Requires masks on certain forms of domestic travel, including planes, trains, ferries and intercity buses, and requires those coming to the U.S. from a foreign country to provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test before arrival to the extent feasible. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19
Call to accelerate novel therapies and spread access across the Nation in an equitable way and Improve the capacity of the Healthcare system to combat the disease. Also seeks to improve access and affordability of treatments and calls to set distribution targets for such. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats
Designates senior officials within agencies to improve data analysis and collection pertaining to the COVID19 disease and response. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain
Immediate increase of necessary supplies to be made available to all communities from federal to tribal level and all healthcare workers. Directs several government secretaries to create a plan for future resiliency in the US supply chain and reassess the foreign role within. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery
Established a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force within the Department of Health and Human Services to recommend a fair and inclusive response with anti-discrimination policies. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats
Established a COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board to increase test production and distribution capacity and identify priority populations or barriers of access. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety
Review of the Occupational Safety and Health Act to identify any changes to better protect workers from COVID-19. Issue Date (21/01/2021).
Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers
Directs the Secretary for Education to assess the best policy to safely reopen schools from childcare to higher education providers across America. Consulting with Secretary for Health and Human Services a plan for safer schools and guide to establishments. Issue Date (21/01/2021).