The epidemic expert Fauci, meanwhile, hands out a swipe at Donald Trump’s policy.
US President Joe Biden unveiled a national strategy to fight the coronavirus pandemic on the first full day of his term in office. “Things will get worse before they get better,” warned Biden in a White House address on Thursday.
The plan is about 200 pages.
The regulations also provide for a mask requirement at airports and parts of the traffic system, such as in many trains and airplanes. Biden also asked US citizens to voluntarily wear a mask for the next 100 days under the motto “Mask up!”
Travelers to the United States will have to be quarantined upon arrival. “Anyone who flies to the US from another country will have to get tested before boarding the plane (…) and be quarantined when they arrive in the US,” said Biden.
The US disease center CDC announced on Thursday that it had so far given 16.5 million vaccinations and distributed 35.9 million vaccine doses. About 328 million people live in the United States.
US expert Fauci relieved Trump’s departure
The renowned US immunologist Anthony Fauci has meanwhile been relieved that, after President Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, he can let the facts speak for himself again. “We let science speak,” said Fauci on Thursday in front of journalists at the government headquarters in Washington. “It’s kind of a feeling of relief,” said the immunologist, who is now advising the new president, Democrat Joe Biden.
With Trump there were moments when things were communicated that were not based on scientific facts, Fauci said. As an example, he cited Trump’s ongoing promotion of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a corona drug, although its effectiveness has not been proven. “That was really uncomfortable because it wasn’t based on scientific facts,” said Fauci. On another occasion, Trump brought disinfectant spraying into play as a possible corona healing method.
With Trump, he did not have the feeling that he could contradict him without negative consequences, said Fauci. That will be different with Biden, as the President assured him in a conversation a few minutes ago, said the immunologist. In the future, action and communication would always be transparent and based on scientific findings, promised Fauci.
Swipe at Trump’s pandemic policy
Fauci also handed out a swipe at Trump’s sometimes improvised pandemic policy. When asked about the participation of the Amazon group in the vaccination campaign, Fauci replied that he could not say anything. “One of the innovations with this administration is not to guess when you don’t have an answer,” said Fauci.
The renowned epidemic expert repeatedly got into conflict with Donald Trump. (Source: AP / dpa)
The 80-year-old Fauci is head of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and is an expert of integrity. Because Fauci was not afraid to contradict Trump, he was not invited to the White House for a long time to speak publicly about the status of the corona pandemic. When a journalist asked whether he was back after months in exile, Fauci laughed and said: “I think so.”
Fauci had already spoken at a meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday to discuss Biden’s return of the US to cooperation with the Geneva-based institution.
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