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At lightning speed, Biden implements new plan to stop the spread of COVID-19



WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden wasted no time on Thursday implementing a new plan to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Biden implements new plan to stop the spread of COVID-19 (SBG)

He started off with several executive orders and something Americans haven’t seen in a while: briefings with top health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci.

With a prayer session to start the day, Biden said he’s hoping to also find new hope in handling the coronavirus.

FILE – U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to sign a series of executive orders at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office just hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

His team introduced a new national strategy with goals of increasing testing, the amount of vaccine doses and more personal protective equipment by invoking the Defense Production Act — something critics say the Trump administration failed to push enough.

“There’s standing up mobile vaccination sites, recruiting additional public health workers, people like retired nurses to come help administer shots,” said White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield.

FILE – In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Transportation Security Administration agents process passengers at the south security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

While masks are already the rule on planes and trains, the president is making it a federal mandate, and tougher for passengers to argue it’s their choice.

Democrats are elated at new prospects but will also need Republican help in Biden’s most ambitious COVID response: a nearly $2 trillion relief package.

The Peace Monument, also known as the Naval Monument or Civil War Sailors Monument, is framed by the Capitol dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Kaine, who’s on the Budget Committee, says he thinks they could pass a relief bill be the end of February.

For now, the White House says to expect more routine coronavirus briefings with the familiar face of Fauci, who will stay on with this administration.