Hours after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden signed 10 executive orders that are aimed at combating the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Among the orders signed by the newly sworn-in president, one order mandates the wearing of face masks on federal property, and also requires masks on public transportation. The Biden order also calls for travelers entering the country to have a negative COVID test before being allowed to enter.
Biden also directed government agencies to use wartime powers that require companies to make masks, swabs and other equipment to fight the pandemic. The act was previously used by the Trump administration to make ventilators used by hospitals for the most serious COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. The order also stresses the importance of increased testing, as well as an increase of funds to states and local governments to help with vaccines. “To control the COVID-19 pandemic and safely reopen schools and businesses, America must have wide-spread testing,” the plan says, according to a CNBC report.