US Covid deaths may top 500,000 next month - Biden
Biden touted his administration’s plans on confronting the pandemic, but he once again acknowledged that “things are going to continue to get worse before they get better”.
The president noted that he and the vice-president, Kamala Harris, attended a memorial on Tuesday for the more than 400,000 Americans who have already died of coronavirus.
“The memorial we we held two nights ago will not be our last one,” Biden said. “Unfortunately, the death toll will likely top 500,000 next month.”
Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks:
Executive orders signed by Biden on Thursday will establish a COVID-19 testing board to ramp up testing, address supply shortfalls, establish protocols for international travelers and direct resources to hard-hit minority communities.
They will require mask-wearing in airports and on certain public transportation, including many trains, airplanes and intercity buses.
Biden has pledged to provide 100 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine during his first 100 days in office. His plan aims to increase vaccinations by opening up eligibility for more people such as teachers and grocery clerks.
As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 17.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine out of some 38 million distributed.