WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is putting forth a national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and require Americans to wear masks for travel. Biden also will address inequities in hard-hit minority communities as he signs 10 pandemic-related executive orders on Thursday, his second day in office. Biden acknowledged the urgency of the mission in his inaugural address, saying the U.S. is entering what may well be the toughest and deadliest period of the pandemic. Biden administration officials say a coordinated nationwide effort is needed to defeat the virus.
Photo: Two federal employees dressed in camouflage walk past a New York State COVID-19 test site at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY on January 19th, 2021 (Brett Levine)