President Joe Biden is set to sign 10 executive orders to boost the fight against Covid which has ravaged the United States. These include, accelerated vaccination and increased testing. The emergency legislation will be used to increase production of essentials like masks.
The aim is to give 100 million vaccine doses by the end of April, and reopen most schools safely within 100 days. Vaccine centres will be established at stadiums and community facilities. There will be more funding for state and local officials to help tackle the pandemic, and a new office will be established to co-ordinate the national response.
The Defense Production Act will be used to speed up production of personal protective equipment and essential supplies needed for vaccine production.
The US is the worst-hit country with more than 406,000 lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 24.5million have been infected so far.