President Joe Biden is setting his sights on fighting the pandemic.
Less than 24 hours after being sworn in as 46th president of the United States, Biden is set to sign an additional 10 executive orders on Thursday aimed at nationalizing America’s fight against the pandemic.
The executive orders range from speeding up the production and distribution of approved vaccines produced by the likes of Pfizer (PFE) - Get Report and Moderna (MRNA) - Get Report as well as PPE that to date has been procured in hodgepodge form at local and state levels and in many cases from outside the country.
One of President Biden’s top priorities is curbing the onslaught of the virus, which to date has killed more than 400,000 Americans and has shown no signs of slowing down. While Biden wasted no time on Wednesday signing 21 executive orders kickstarting some of his biggest policy objectives – curbing climate change, expanding health coverage and overhauling immigration laws – his administration’s immediate focus is on fighting the pandemic.
Business is ready and willing to support. Amazon.com (AMZN) - Get Report has offered help in administering vaccines through its vast delivery network as well as its agreements with licensed third-party occupational healthcare providers already on site at Amazon facilities, according to a letter made public by the company.
Manufacturers of protective gear including 3M (MMM) - Get Report, Honeywell (HON) - Get Report and others are also prepping to receive marching orders from the Biden administration to bolster national supplies of PPE, with the Biden administration already contemplating invoking the 1950 Defense Production Act to combat the pandemic.