Former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris began their first briefing with a bang. They called every governor to mandate mask-wearing in public for at least the next three months to contain the spread of the virus. Biden and Harris cited the studies that said masks could have saved more than 40,000 lives and speed up the reopening of the economy. "Wearing a mask in public will give the life of a clerk in your local store or your child's teacher, it will decrease the spread of the virus. I know it's uncomfortable, and we're not used to wearing it, but wearing a mask can get our kids back to school sooner and safer. If every American wears a mask in public, we can reopen our economy in full strength," Biden said.
To tackle the crisis, Biden set up a health advisory board several months ago and has been getting regular briefings. This was the first time Kamala Harris joined him for the briefing. The health advisory board includes former government health officials and health experts, where they discuss a wide range of topics like - how to bring kids back to the schools safely, how to distribute the vaccine to every American and how to address the grave racial disparities which were made worse by the pandemic. Along with Biden and Harris, Thursday's briefing included former FDA commissioner David Kessler, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and former HHS assistant secretary Nicole Lurie.
Biden portrayed masks as an abridgment of freedom. "Americans are lining up to give blood and are volunteering their time for food banks and local charities, supporting their neighbors when they are in need. Well, this is no different. Be a patriot. Protect your fellow citizens. Step up. Do the right thing. Wear a mask," he added. Presently, only 35 states mandated the masks in public. However, many other individual cities and counties have their own mandates regarding the masks. Demonstrating their words in actions, both Biden and Harris removed their masks when they spoke separately at the podium. After the remarks, they put their masks back quickly.Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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