COVID-19: The Biden Admin’s Plan to Fight the Pandemic From Day 1

The administration will begin the $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan.

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On Inauguration Day, Dr. Oz talked exclusively with Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist Joe Biden put on his COVID-19 advisory board. The new administration is taking on an uphill battle to help end the pandemic, and Gounder told Dr. Oz exactly what the Biden Administration plans to do right from day 1.

The administration will begin the America Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion program to boost the economy and restore the people's confidence.

"Now, $1.9 trillion might sound like a lot of money, but right now this pandemic is costing the American economy, the American people, $16 trillion. That is almost 10 times as much as he's proposing to rescue us from this situation. … This is going to be an all-of-government response, and the president wants to spare no effort in making sure that we bring an end to this crisis," Gounder said.

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Biden has also promised to give out 100 million vaccines during his first 100 days in office, partnering with local and tribal governments, primary care providers and pharmacies to get those shots into the arms of people.

"That is really front and center for him as one of his top one, two, three goals, in the top 100 days. … The idea here is not to tell all these partners what to do, but rather to work together to say, 'hey, what is the staffing, what are the supplies, spaces that you need to get the job done?', and we'll work with them hand-in-hand to make sure that happens."

Gounder is confident the administration will make a significant impact on the pandemic.

"I think we can get the job done, and those are just some of the tools we've talked about. We want to make it possible for the local pharmacy, — or your local corner pharmacy where you might be picking up your prescription drugs and doing shopping — for those places to be able to administer vaccines. We've already seen some large mass vaccination sites, for example, Dodger Stadium, that have been set up. This is something that we plan to do across the country, ... in the hardest-hit communities, the communities that may have the least access, including communities of color."

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