Jan. 29, 2021
The National Law Review
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact nearly every aspect of American life, President Biden has prioritized development of a comprehensive and effective COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness plan. On his first full day in office, the President released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.” This plan provides, among other things, guidelines and implementation strategies for launching a nationwide vaccination campaign and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, with a goal of safely reopening businesses and schools across the country.
President Biden’s national plan acknowledges that, “Reopening schools, businesses, travel, and our economy will require major, unified federal investments in rapid testing, an expanded rapid response public health workforce, clear guidance and protections, and support for people to stay home when they are infected to stop the spread of COVID-19.” The National Strategy, in combination with President Biden’s Executive Order, “Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers,” sets forth a goal of safely reopening a majority of K-8 schools within 100 days. While the National Strategy lays out guidelines and expected protocols for the future, the fact remains that the success of many of its provisions will require Congressional approval and agency engagement. Details of the plan are still emerging, but initial information is provided below.
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