Joe Biden to focus on economic recovery after Covid as 17.5m vaccine shots given in US – live updates

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We have this op-ed from David Sirota this morning – To achieve a real legacy, Biden will have to be more radical and ready to fight:

The fervor of the pro-Trump forces whipped up by the outgoing president could prove problematic for incoming President Joe Biden as he seeks to unite a divided nation.

Related: To achieve a real legacy, Biden will have to be more radical – and ready to fight | David Sirota

Stephen Collinson at CNN offers his analysis of what Joe Biden is hoping to achieve with the launch of his Covid strategy. First off, Collinson points out that this isn’t some radical option:

What is so striking is that Biden’s approach, while welcome, is in many cases implementing measures that a comprehensive pandemic response from the previous administration would have taken at the start.

It is rooted in a bet that throwing federal government expertise, money and scale at a crisis can turn the situation around and finally provide the leadership and coordination that has been lacking in the year since coronavirus struck.

It is one thing to come up with a strategy. It’s another thing for Biden and his incoming team to quickly turn around often sluggish federal government machinery. The White House will need states, some of which have failed badly in all aspects of the pandemic, to respond to the new federal effort. And while Biden can change policy with his pen, he needs massive, swift investment from a tightly balanced Congress to make his plan work.

Then there are the medical factors beyond his control. While hospitalizations are declining, many experts fear that it could be a temporary relief and new, more transmissible versions of the virus will quash hopes of a significant easing of the situation.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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