Three health agency actions Biden plans to take today

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President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign 17 executive actions on Inauguration Day, January 20, according to A. data sheet released by his transition team. Three of them relate to health care.

Here are the three actions that healthcare leaders can take today:

1. The President-elect will start a “100 Days Masking Challenge” led by the federal government. The Implementing Ordinance requires all federal employees and contractors to wear masks and to physically distance themselves in all federal buildings and properties.

2. President-elect Biden plans to reverse a move by the outgoing Trump administration take off from the World Health Organization. According to the Biden Transition Team’s leaflet, the Biden-Harris administration, along with Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, plans to attend the WHO Executive Board meeting this week.

3. The new president plans to sign an executive order creating the position of COVID-19 response coordinator. The coordinator reports directly to President-elect Biden and coordinates the government’s response to the pandemic, including efforts to manufacture, supply and distribute personal protective equipment, vaccines and tests. In addition, the executive order will restore the NSC’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Bio-Defense. The management was dissolved in 2018.

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