Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has released his own plan to reopen America, claiming that the Trump administration has failed “to plan, to prepare, to honestly assess, and communicate the threat” of the CCP Virus to the nation.
In an op-ed for The New York Times on Sunday, April 12, Biden said the Trump administration so far has not “supplied an answer” to the question “What is the plan to safely reopen America?”
Biden outlined three steps he said would “safely reopen” the U.S. economy.
“First, we have to get the number of new cases of the disease down significantly. That means social distancing has to continue and the people on the front lines have to get the supplies and equipment they need,” Biden wrote.
He said that President Trump needs to use his full powers under the Defense Production Act to fight the disease and get the federal response organized and stop making excuses.
“Second, there needs to be widespread, easily available, and prompt testing—and a contact tracing strategy that protects privacy,” Biden said.
The country, Biden said, should be running multiple times the number of diagnostic tests and ready to scale up the form of rapid serology tests to tell who has already been infected with theCCP Virus and has antibodies.
Biden claimed that the Trump administration “has not squarely faced up to the ‘original sin’ in its failed response—the failure to test,” though the country is now several months into the crisis.
“Third, we have to make sure that our hospitals and health care system are ready for flare-ups of the disease that may occur when economic activity expands again,” Biden continued.
He elaborated that public health officials will need to conduct effective disease surveillance, while hospitals need to have the staff and equipment necessary to handle any local outbreaks.
“Once we have taken these steps, we can begin to reopen more businesses and put more people back to work,” Biden concluded, but argued, “things will not go back to ‘normal’ right away.”
Biden said if he were president, he would convene top experts from the private sector, industry by industry, to come up with new ideas on how to operate more safely.
Biden added, “We cannot repeat those mistakes,” citing “the administration’s failure to plan, to prepare, to honestly assess, and communicate the threat to the nation led to catastrophic results.”
Biden’s plan came two days after President Trump said on Friday that he would establish another task force to reopen the U.S. economy, and the new council is expected to be announced on Tuesday with “a lot of great names, different businesses, different people, bipartisan.”
The Trump administration has already set up a coronavirus task force to respond to the CCP Virus pandemic, which updates the nation daily.