US President-elect Joe Biden is due to set out his plans for tackling the coronavirus pandemic – something he said would be his number one priority upon taking office.
Having set a goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days, it is thought Mr Biden will initially seek to expand current vaccination and virus testing capacity to double the current pace of inoculations.
He has also signalled that he may seek to increase direct payments to individuals, as well as provide aid to small businesses, more funding for local and state governments, extend some benefits that are due to expire, and work to reopen schools.
Brian Deese, the incoming director of the National Economic Council, told a Reuters conference this week that the “president-elect feels that we need to move aggressively on both rescue and recovery”.
Mr Biden has warned that his full agenda could cost trillions of dollars and is said to be hoping he can get bipartisan support in Congress for his bill.
The US has the highest case and death toll from Covid-19 in the world, with more than 23 million cases and nearly 385,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
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