WASHINGTON (WKOW) — President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and require Americans to wear masks for travel.
The plan asks Congress for emergency funding to reopen most K-12 schools within 100 day.
Biden also will address inequities in hard-hit minority communities as he signs 10 pandemic-related executive orders on Thursday, his second day in office.
Biden acknowledged the urgency of the mission in his inaugural address, saying the U.S. is entering what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the pandemic.
Biden administration officials say a coordinated nationwide effort is needed to defeat the virus.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article)