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.