Biden-Harris Administration Rolls Out Additional COVID-19 Actions
Following a series of COVID-19-related announcements in their first week in office, including the issuance of the Administration’s 200-page National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, the Biden-Harris Administration rolled out additional actions to support the federal government’s response to the ongoing public health emergency.
The Biden-Harris Administration this week announced the following actions:
- Weekly Vaccine Supply Increase: The Administration announced it will increase the overall, weekly vaccine supply to states, tribes, and territories from 8.6 million doses to a minimum of 10 million doses. The Administration committed to maintaining 10 million doses as the minimum supply level for the next three weeks.
- Three-Week Look-Ahead: The Administration is additionally taking steps to provide states, tribes, and territories with a reliable, three-week supply look ahead. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide allocation estimates for the upcoming three weeks as opposed to the one-week lookahead previously received by states, tribes, and territories.
- Additional 200 Million Doses: The Administration announced it will purchase 100 million additional doses each of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, increasing the total vaccine order for the U.S. from 400 million to 600 million. The additional doses are anticipated to be delivered this summer.
In addition to the above actions, President Biden reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. citizens who have been in countries heavily impacted by the pandemic, including Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other European Union countries. The restrictions were additionally extended to travelers who have recently been to South Africa.
The directive issued by President Biden reverted an executive order issued by former President Donald Trump in his final days in office lifting the restrictions on travelers from other countries effective January 26. Biden’s order does not apply to a number of excluded travelers, including lawful permanent residents of the U.S.
Additional information on the Biden-Harris Administration’s COVID-19 actions is available here.