Even before he was the projected winner of the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden began working to put together a COVID task force, letting us know exactly what sort of leadership we can expect when his new administration is officially sworn in on January 20. He proposed his plan during the later stages of the primary, and is now immediately delivering on his promise to be a president for all Americans.
Among those on his panel are former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy who served in President Obama’s administration, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler who served under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Clinton, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University who was one of the first to report statistics of how the worst effects of COVID-19 disproportionately impact minorities. Almost immediately, we’re seeing how much dramatically better a Biden administration is for the country, as he intends to take the pandemic seriously with some of the most reliable experts in the medical field, while also working to depoliticize the science.
The full task force will be revealed on Monday – but Biden’s revealed some important specifics already that could make a considerable difference very soon – with an expanded number of drive-in testing sites, unlike Donald Trump who’s pressuring governors to close them down so the numbers make him look better. He’s also looking to fully reinstate the Defense Production Act to produce and distribute millions of tests and establish a public health jobs corps that will cooperate with local communities and determine which ones are the most at risk. Let’s help him further along with these lofty goals by doing everything we can to increase turnout for senatorial candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to help them win and Biden will have the Senate’s support when he’s sworn in as our next president.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making