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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Vice President Joe Biden offered up a timeline for how he would respond the COVID-19 pandemic if elected, providing milestones for his proposals to offer a national agenda aimed at halting the virus. Biden said that, if elected, he would set a task for the transition: speak with every state governor along with local officials to learn what each state needs from the federal government, and in what form.

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* Next, the Democratic candidate added, he would ask "the new Congress to put a bill on my desk by the end of January with all the resources necessary." That way, Biden added, "both our public health response and our economic response can be seen through to the end."

* The former vice president emphasized five points in that plan which he sees as essential to stopping the spread of the virus, and which all map onto various failures of the Trump administration in responding to the pandemic.

* A Biden administration would also aim to increase the number of COVID-19 tests performed in the U.S. each day sevenfold, up from the current average of around 1 million. The Biden plan has also set a goal of hiring at least 100,000 contact tracers to track the spread of the virus in communities around the country.

* [Another] point has to do with personal protective equipment procurement; Biden said he would invoke the Defense Production Act to order PPE production and bring shortages to an end, and would appoint a supply czar to coordinate between states and local governments.

* A Biden administration would also issue standardized, apolitical guidelines on reopening the country, leaving decisions on how and when to reopen after viral outbreaks to the discretion of public health officials and experts in epidemiology.

* Finally, Biden emphasized, his administration would commit to making a COVID-19 vaccine free, and that any vaccine would be approved on a science-driven, and not political, timeline. In the meantime, his White House would work to coordinate deliveries of drugs that have been shown to help people fight the virus.

Biden added that "we don't have to be held prisoner by this administration's failure.

Now you know what Joe Biden will do about coronavirus that Donald Trump has failed to do and none of them has anything to do with unilaterally shutting down the American economy.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-26 06:26 PM | Reply

Oh boy, we are in for some trouble. When a POTUS candidate comes out with a plan that is another cookie-cutter "I'm going to make everything perfect", you know there is a world of hurt about to happen. His response is no different than Trump. Blame everything on the previous administration and then blame the other party when you can't get things done.

Political plans these days NEED to include how they are going to do anything if they don't get the support they need. They won't do that, of course, because then it leaves it open to blaming everyone else for failures.

#2 | Posted by humtake at 2020-10-27 11:55 AM | Reply

"none of them has anything to do with unilaterally shutting down the American economy."

How can you be sure?

"leaving decisions on how and when to reopen after viral outbreaks to the discretion of public health officials and experts in epidemiology."

seems like he's going to let public health officials and experts in epidemiology make those calls...you're sure those guys won't "unilaterally shut down the American economy"?

I'm not disagreeing with Biden's plan but if he's going to leave it up to others to make those decisions.....then that's the deal, like it or not.

And at this moment, I can't know what those experts are going to say in January.

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-27 12:12 PM | Reply

What concerns me about Biden's chances of making an impact is that his plans rely on Democratic party success in congress.

Maybe any plan will from a democratic party president.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-27 12:27 PM | Reply

What concerns me about Biden's chances of making an impact is that his plans rely on Democratic party success in congress.

There is no scenario that I'm aware of where Biden will win the White House but the GOP takes control of Congress. The Democratic Party is universally behind mitigating the pandemic. I have yet to hear a single Democrat say that mask mandates should be left up to the public as the nation's hospitals and hospital workers are both under siege, being pushed to the breaking point.

Increasing the availability of testing, ramping up PPE production using the DPA, and jaw-boning this nation's governors and mayors does not require Congress to do anything. After this latest spike virtually cripples our healthcare systems, I think even GOP opposition to Biden's plans will melt away as the virus itself burns as out of control as the wildfires do out West.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-10-27 01:03 PM | Reply

"Increasing the availability of testing, ramping up PPE production using the DPA, and jaw-boning this nation's governors and mayors does not require Congress to do anything."

They have to appropriate money for everything Biden wants to do.

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2020-10-27 01:07 PM | Reply

Maybe any plan will from a democratic party president.

#4 | POSTED BY EBERLY

Georgia is actually competitive this year. And look at you Arizona and Texas!! That light at the end of the tunnel is definitely a bit blue.

Is that another Blue Wave heading our way?

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-10-27 01:07 PM | Reply

"They have to appropriate money for everything Biden wants to do."

Whereas $2.3 Trillion in tax giveaways just comes from thin air.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-10-27 01:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 | Posted by eberly

That goes for ANY president's chances of making an impact. At this point bipartisanism in congress is dead. We have Mitch McConnell in particular to thank for driving the last several nails into that coffin.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-27 01:53 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by donnerboy

I certainly pray it is. Might prove there is a God after all.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-10-27 01:55 PM | Reply

"I'm not disagreeing with Biden's plan but if he's going to leave it up to others to make those decisions.....then that's the deal, like it or not."

Agreed. Any COVID task force should include representatives from all stakeholding sectors, from public health, to education, to business, as well as the various government agencies affected. And whatever plan they do come up with should outline as best as possible the trade-offs between each of those different groups. But doctors are not anymore positioned to speak on the economic impacts on COVID than economists are to speak on the medical aspect.

My gut tells me that the decision to lock down or not lock down will be left to local governments. The US is too big for it to make sense to lock down New York City because Fargo, ND is seeing an uptick in cases.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-27 02:48 PM | Reply

One very important thing that for some reason was overlooked in this article is Biden's plan to employ a "Whole of Government" approach that looks more like what you would see after an earthquake or a hurricane.

Task all relevant federal agencies to take immediate action to ensure that America's hospital capacity can meet the growing need, including by:

-Preparing to stand up multi-hundred-bed temporary hospitals in any city on short notice by deploying existing Federal Medical Stations in the strategic national stockpile and preemptively defining potential locations for their use as needed.
-Directing the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to prepare for potential deployment of military resources, both the active and reserve components, and work with governors to prepare for potential deployment of National Guard resources, to provide medical facility capacity, logistical support,
and additional medical personnel if necessary. This includes activating the Medical Reserve Corps, which consists of nearly 200,000 volunteer health care professionals who stand ready to serve across America; training and deploying additional surge capacity, including U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs/DOD medical equipment and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Disaster Assistance Medical Teams; and directing and assisting existing hospitals to surge care for 20% more patients than current capacity through flexible staffing, use of telemedicine support, and
delaying elective procedures.
-Instructing the CDC to establish real-time dashboards tracking (1) hospital admissions related to COVID-19, especially for ICUs and emergency departments, in concert with the American Hospital Association and large hospital chains, for which the HHS must ensure data is able to be shared, as
needed; and (2) supply chain information " including availability, allocation, and shipping " for essential equipment and personal protective equipment, including in the various places where there may be federal reserves. The strategic national stockpile must be used to supplement any
shortages that exist, especially for essential medical supplies, like oxygen, ventilators, and personal protective equipment.
-Ensuring that training, materials, and resources reach federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, and safety-net hospitals, which are typically resource-poor and care disproportionately for vulnerable populations that will bear the brunt of COVID-19. This effort will lay the
foundation for a deeper and more lasting public health infrastructure for accessible national health care for all.

I've maintained since the beginning that activating the military is really the only way you can ensure that those who are at risk are kept isolated. It still doesn't say anywhere in here that Joe's plan would include something like this, but it makes the most sense.

#12 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-27 02:53 PM | Reply

someone needs to tell Joe all that he has mentioned has been done

#13 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-10-27 05:28 PM | Reply

someone needs to tell MAVERICK all that Joe has mentioned has been done, but not without Trump.

Here, Trump is the variant.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-10-27 05:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

someone needs to tell Joe all that he has mentioned has been done

#13 | Posted by Maverick

Still taking the word of the guy who "never paid stormy daniels" and offered "no quid pro quo" to ukraine, aren't you?

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-10-27 06:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

someone needs to tell Joe all that he has mentioned has been done

#13 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-10-27 05:28 PM | Reply

They may have been done elsewhere, but not in the U.S. In the U.S., for example, the DPA may have been invoked, but it was never actually used to significantly increase the PPE supply. The federal government also failed to actually coordinate between states and local governments. Remember the states being left on their own to find PPE however they could, then the feds came and took it when they found it? That was because the Trump administration failed to use the power of the federal government to compel production in the U.S., and then failed again to fairly distribute it where it was needed. The administration also actively undercut the guidelines the health professionals and epidemiologists had issued. When states led by Democrats tried to follow the guidelines, Trump encouraged people to fight against those guidelines. There was never any unity of response nor responsible leadership at the federal level.

Had this plan actually been used in January, or February, or even March, we'd have kept the situation from blowing completely out of control, and be in a much stronger position going into this flu season. We could have been among the best countries instead of the worst. Even just a consistent message to follow the guidelines would have been an enormous improvement.

My gut tells me that the decision to lock down or not lock down will be left to local governments. The US is too big for it to make sense to lock down New York City because Fargo, ND is seeing an uptick in cases.

#11 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-10-27 02:48 PM | Reply

The guidelines would always include local conditions. The decision need not be made by the local governments to take into account different situations in different locations. It's not clear what legal mechanism the federal government could use to enforce the guidelines, but state governments have always had the power to enforce public health measures - just ask Typhoid Mary. The bigger issue now will now be overcoming the politically motivated attacks on the science and proper public health response.

#16 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-10-27 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

New Study: 130,000 Americans Dead Unnecessarily

130,000 COVID-19 dead would be alive today, but for more effective leadership from the Trump administration. And actually, that's the least bad estimate in the study, based on what might have happened if the U.S. had responded to the pandemic in the same manner that Canada did. If the U.S. had followed Germany's lead, it might have saved 179,000 lives. And if the U.S. had followed in the footsteps of South Korea, it might have saved 210,000 lives.

ncdp.columbia.edu

I'll just leave this here for MAVERICK and MADBOMBER to peruse at their leisure.

#17 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-10-27 07:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"New Study: 130,000 Americans Dead Unnecessarily"

Republicans don't want those 130,000 Americans anyway.

How many of those 130,000 Americans helped us in WWII?

Screw 'em.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-27 09:30 PM | Reply

How many of those 130,000 Americans helped us in WWII?

My money would be a lot of them.

#19 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-10-27 09:33 PM | Reply

"How many of those 130,000 Americans helped us in WWII?

My money would be a lot of them."

^
They knew the risks when they signed up.
Womp womp.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-10-27 09:36 PM | Reply

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