Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a seven-point plan to beat COVID-19 and get our country back on track.
Fix Trump’s testing-and-tracing fiasco to ensure all Americans have access to regular, reliable, and free testing.
- Double the number of drive-through testing sites.
- Invest in next-generation testing, including at home tests and instant tests, so we can scale up our testing capacity by orders of magnitude.
- Stand up a Pandemic Testing Board like Roosevelt’s War Production Board. It’s how we produced tanks, planes, uniforms, and supplies in record time, and it’s how we can produce and distribute tens of millions of tests.
- Establish a U.S. Public Health Jobs Corps to mobilize at least 100,000 Americans across the country with support from trusted local organizations in communities most at risk to perform culturally competent approaches to contact tracing and protecting at-risk populations.
Fix personal protective equipment (PPE) problems for good.
Joe Biden will take responsibility, rather than leave states, cities, tribes, and territories to fend for themselves, and focus on producing more of these critical supplies in the United States. He will:
- Fully use the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of masks, face shields, and other PPE so that the national supply of personal protective equipment exceeds demand and our stores and stockpiles — especially in hard-hit areas that serve disproportionately vulnerable populations — are fully replenished.
- Build now toward a future, flexible American-sourced and manufactured capability to ensure we are not dependent on other countries in a crisis.
Provide clear, consistent, evidence-based national guidance for how communities should navigate the pandemic — and the resources for schools, small businesses, and families to make it through.
- Social distancing is not a lightswitch. It is a dial. Joe Biden will direct the CDC to provide specific evidence-based guidance for how to turn the dial up or down relative to the level of risk and degree of viral spread in a community, including when to open or close certain businesses, bars, restaurants, and other spaces; when to open or close schools, and what steps they need to take to make classrooms and facilities safe; appropriate restrictions on size of gatherings; when to issue stay-at-home restrictions.
- Establish a renewable fund for state and local governments to help prevent budget shortfalls, which may cause states to face steep cuts to teachers and first responders.
- Call on Congress to pass an emergency package to ensure schools have the additional resources they need to adapt effectively to COVID-19.
- Provide a “restart package” that helps small businesses cover the costs of operating safely, including things like plexiglass and PPE.
Plan for the effective, equitable distribution of treatments and vaccines because discovering isn’t enough if they get distributed like Trump’s testing and PPE fiascos.
- Invest $25 billion in a vaccine manufacturing and distribution plan that will guarantee it gets to every American, cost-free.
- As we enter the height of the political season, politics should play no role in determining the safety and efficacy of any vaccine. The following 3 principles should guide us: Put scientists in charge of all decisions on safety and efficacy; publicly release clinical data for any vaccine the FDA approves; authorize career staff to write a written report for public review and permit them to appear before Congress and speak publicly uncensored.
- Ensure everyone — not just the wealthy and well-connected — in America receives the protection and care they deserve, and consumers are not price gouged as new drugs and therapies come to market.
Protect Older Americans and Others at High Risk.
Joe Biden understands that Trump’s failed response has made older Americans and others at high-risk even more vulnerable.
- Establish a COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force, as proposed by Senator Harris, to provide recommendations and oversight on disparities in the public health and economic response. At the end of this health crisis, it will transition to a permanent Infectious Disease Racial Disparities Task Force.
- Create the Nationwide Pandemic Dashboard that Americans can check in real-time to help them gauge whether local transmission is actively occurring in their zip codes. This information is critical to helping all individuals, but especially older Americans and others at high risk, understand what level of precaution to take.
- Read Joe Biden’s previously released Plan for Older Americans, Plan for Supporting People with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Fact Sheet on How Joe Biden Would Help You Get Health Insurance Coverage During The COVID-19 Crisis.
Rebuild and expand the defenses that Trump has dismantled to predict, prevent, and mitigate pandemic threats, including those coming from China.
- Immediately restore the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which was established by the Obama-Biden Administration and eliminated by the Trump Administration in 2018.
- Immediately restore our relationship with the World Health Organization, which — while not perfect — is essential to coordinating a global response during a pandemic.
- Re-launch and strengthen U.S. Agency for International Development’s pathogen-tracking program called PREDICT, which Donald Trump cut.
- Expand the number of CDC’s deployed disease detectives so we have eyes and ears on the ground, including rebuilding the office in Beijing, which shrunk dramatically under Trump.
Implement mask mandates nationwide by working with governors and mayors and by asking the American people to do what they do best: step up in a time of crisis.
Experts say that if 95% of Americans wear masks between now and December, we can save almost 70,000 lives. Joe has called on:
- Every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their household
- Every Governor to make that mandatory in their state
- Local authorities to also make it mandatory to buttress their state orders
A timeline ofjoe’s leadershipduring the COVID-19 pandemic
Joe Biden calls for nationwide mask mandates.
Joe Biden calls on Trump to follow three principles of integrity in the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
Joe Biden lays out a roadmap to reopening schools safely. Creating the conditions to make it happen should be a top national priority.
Joe Biden excoriates Trump’s failures to secure America’s critical medical supply chains and outlines the steps Biden will take to put Americans to work rebuilding manufacturing in the United States.
Joe Biden lays out an updated plan to get the virus under the control after months of Trump’s persistent failures.
Joe Biden warns that Trump has left our communities dangerously vulnerable to new natural disasters, like hurricanes.
Joe Biden shares his plan for an effective reopening that jumpstarts the economy.
Joe Biden calls for action to protect and support people with disabilities.
Joe Biden urges Trump to address the hunger crisis and work with Congress to pass the bipartisan FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act.
Joe Biden condemns Trump for pushing a false choice between protecting our health and our economy and his failures to lead a national response to reopen safely and sustainably.
Joe Biden calls greater support for women and families in this crisis, including emergency child care assistance.
Joe Biden and the Biden for President Health Advisory Committee release a plan for testing, tracing, and workplace protection.
Joe Biden calls on Trump to ensure that relief funds get to deserving small businesses and lays out the steps to make it happen.
Joe Biden asks where is Trump’s plan to safely reopen America and argues we need to stop thinking of the health and economic responses as separate.
Joe Biden condemns incidents of racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Joe Biden shines a light on the racial inequities of COVID-19 and calls for comprehensive data so we can focus resources on where help is needed.
Joe Biden calls on Trump to appoint and fully empower a Supply Commander to coordinate critical materials to all states, territories, and tribes.
Joe Biden releases a “Make It Work” check-list to ensure rapid, fair, and transparent implementation and oversight of the CARES Act.
Joe Biden says he would “insist, insist, insist” that the United States has the access it needs to the outbreak in China while Trump fawns over President Xi.
Joe Biden warns Trump has “left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic” and that the coronavirus “will get worse before it gets better.”