Biden to call for 100 days of masks
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/04/20, 05:11 pm
The president-elect has previously pushed for a nationwide mask mandate to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But on Thursday, Joe Biden stopped short of that, saying his first act as president would be asking Americans to commit to wear face coverings for his first 100 days in office.
Are any other new measures being taken? Friday is the deadline for states to submit requests for doses of Pfizer’s vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to review the company’s data and decide whether to grant emergency use authorization later this month. States are starting to draft distribution plans. Most are following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommend vaccinating healthcare workers and nursing home patients first. But officials are also identifying key industries in their specific states: Colorado plans to give ski resort workers the shot in its second phase, while Arkansas has considered prioritizing poultry workers.
Dig deeper: Read Kyle Ziemnick’s report on the enforceability of mask mandates in The Stew.
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Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.