As Joe Biden entered the White House upon the presidential inauguration, his administration immediately stated that fighting coronavirus would become the first priority for them.
“We can and will beat COVID-19. America deserves a response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is driven by science, data, and public health — not politics,” Reuters quoted the the White House's statement on this matter.
The pandemic, which killed the record number of people in the U.S. affected the very nature of the inauguration-related events. Thousands of citizens were asked to stay home to avoid the further spread of infection.
"Biden will sign a series of executive orders related to the pandemic later on Thursday, including requiring mask-wearing in airports and on certain public transportation, including many trains, airplanes and intercity buses, officials said. The administration will also expand vaccine manufacturing and its power to purchase more vaccines by “fully leveraging contract authorities, including the Defense Production Act,” according to the plan", reads the story.