President Joe Biden will unveil a new plan Thursday that creates a national strategy to stop the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports.

  • The plan takes executive steps to make testing and vaccines more available, allow schools to reopen and travel to become safer.
  • The plan is intended to help states get back to normal quicker.
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So what’s in the plan?

  • Biden’s plan includes the creation of a Pandemic Testing Board, which will reportedly create a “surge” of coronavirus testing capacity, The Washington Post reports.
  • The pandemic plan will also spur more research into COVID-19, collect data on COVID-19 cases that will help the government create a response to the crises, and allow the federal government to release more guidelines to protect people from the coronavirus.
  • Lastly, the plan will send more money to states to help them carry out testing, vaccinations and other functions related to the pandemic, according to The Washington Post.
  • For the plan, the White House hopes to convince Congress to help cover the costs for states to vaccine low-income residents who use Medicaid.
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No plan from the Trump administration

Biden and his advisors inherited no plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution from the Trump administration, unnamed sources recently told CNN.

  • Biden’s team entered the White House to find that there was “a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States,” CNN reports.
  • “There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” one source said, according to CNN.
  • Another source told CNN that the Biden team will work from “square one.”