Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks - (National Post via NewsPoints Desk)

  • US President Joe Biden is coordinating a federal effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, with steps to expand testing and vaccinations, as reported National Post on Thursday.

  • Executive orders signed by Biden will establish a COVID-19 testing board to increase testing, while addressing supply shortfalls, establishing protocols for international travellers and directing resources to hard-hit minority communities.

  • According to the plan, the administration will expand vaccine manufacturing and its power to purchase more vaccines by "fully leveraging contract authorities, including the Defense Production Act."

  • Biden has pledged to provide 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine during his first 100 days in office.

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