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JOE AND KAMALA'S PLAN TO

BEAT COVID-19

In the midst of a growing public health crisis, the country is looking for leadership, effectiveness, and trusted experience — and that’s Vice President Joe Biden. Joe Biden has been laser-focused on the threat that COVID-19 has posed to our nation and the decisive public health and economic steps necessary to get the virus under control, deliver immediate relief to working families, and reopen our schools and businesses safely.

Whatever the state of the COVID pandemic on the day Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office, their administration will:
  • Listen to science
  • Ensure public health decisions are informed by public health professionals
  • Restore trust, transparency, common purpose, and accountability to our government

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have a seven-point plan to beat COVID-19 and get our country back on track.

  1. 1

    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.
  2. 2

    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.
  3. 3

    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.
  4. 4

    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.
  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.
  7. 7

    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

September

September 8

Joe Biden lays out three questions the Trump administration must answer to assure that politics will play no role in the approval and distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

September 2

Joe Biden releases a plan to safely and effectively reopen schools.

August

August 13

Joe Biden calls for nationwide mask mandates.

July

July 27

Joe Biden calls on Trump to follow three principles of integrity in the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

July 17

Joe Biden lays out a roadmap to reopening schools safely. Creating the conditions to make it happen should be a top national priority.

July 7

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.

June

June 30

Joe Biden lays out an updated plan to get the virus under the control after months of Trump’s persistent failures.

June 14

Joe Biden warns that Trump has left our communities dangerously vulnerable to new natural disasters, like hurricanes.

June 11

Joe Biden shares his plan for an effective reopening that jumpstarts the economy.

May

May 28

Joe Biden calls for action to protect and support people with disabilities.

May 20

Joe Biden urges Trump to address the hunger crisis and work with Congress to pass the bipartisan FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act.

May 11

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.

April

April 28

Joe Biden calls greater support for women and families in this crisis, including emergency child care assistance.

April 27

Joe Biden and the Biden for President Health Advisory Committee release a plan for testing, tracing, and workplace protection.

April 21

Joe Biden calls on Trump to ensure that relief funds get to deserving small businesses and lays out the steps to make it happen.

April 16

Joe Biden releases a 4-point plan for essential workers, including enacting premium pay for their work.

Joe Biden announces new plan to scale up employment insurance by reforming short-term compensation program

April 12

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.

April 10

Joe Biden condemns incidents of racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

April 9

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.

April 3

April 2

Joe Biden releases a “Make It Work” check-list to ensure rapid, fair, and transparent implementation and oversight of the CARES Act.

March

March 18

Joe Biden calls on Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and surge production of life-saving supplies.

March 12

Joe Biden lays out a detailed plan to mount a decisive public health and economic response to the COVID-19 crisis and prepare for future global health threats.

February

February 25

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.

January

January 27

Joe Biden warns Trump has “left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic” and that the coronavirus “will get worse before it gets better.”