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Biden directs executive orders concerning international passengers

Joe Biden issued executive orders to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the direction, international travelers would have to quarantine themselves for a period of seven days upon reaching the States. Additionally, all US-bound passengers aged two and over must get negative Covid-19 test results within three calendar days of travel.

These orders come in a day after Biden took oath as the 46th President of the United States on Thursday. They are a part of Biden’s comprehensive effort to curb the virus that has already taken more than 4 lakh lives in the country. Along with the rules for international passengers, Biden has also passed a mask mandate to help ailing airline companies enforce blanket mask rules for their passengers. The US government is now not only taking stringent precautionary measures but is also aiming to administer two shots of vaccine each to 50 million Americans before the completion of Biden’s first 100 days in office.

The newly elected President has been vocal about the previous administration’s failure to uphold medicare facilities amidst the pandemic. While addressing the nation, the President gave assurance to the residents of the United States and said, “We didn’t get into this mess overnight and it’s going to take months for us to turn things around but let me be equally clear we will get through this, we will defeat this pandemic, and to a nation waiting for action, let me be the clearest on this point, help is on the way.”

Furthermore, Biden asserted that the government would “move heaven and earth” to get more people vaccinated for free through a consolidated effort by the Federal Management Agency, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services. It is left to be seen if a change in administration can help the worst-hit country by the pandemic to stand back up on its feet and become “great” as it was always adjudged to be.

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