Biden stated that restoring “public trust” is crucial to battle the pandemic but warned that “things are going to continue to get worse before they get better.”
President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that all passengers flying to the United States would be tested for Covid-19 before boarding a flight into the country and required to undergo quarantine upon arrival.
While revealing the national strategy to tackle the pandemic, Biden said: “In light of the new Covid variants that we are learning about, we are instituting now a new measure for individuals flying into the United States from other countries.” He further added that in addition to wearing masks, people flying from other countries to the United States will need to test before boarding the flight, and quarantine when they arrive in the United States.
President Biden also signed several other executive orders to combat the virus which includes setting up a pandemic testing board and keeping workers safe. He added that restoring “public trust” is crucial to battle the pandemic but warned that things will get worse before they get better. He added that the country’s Covid-19 death toll is likely to top 500,000 next month.
He said: “We did not get into this mess overnight, and it is 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.” He also stated that scientists and public health experts will directly speak to people as a plan to restore public trust.
Biden called his plan to tackle the pandemic “a wartime undertaking” and elaborated that the number of Americans who died due to Covid-19 is more than the number of people who died in World War II.
Biden stated at the White House that this strategy was made in response to address the previous administration’s failure to act with “the urgency and focus and coordination we needed.”