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A Timeline of
Joe Biden's COVID-19 Response 
During the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 27, 2020

Joe Biden warns Trump has “left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic” and that the coronavirus “will get worse before it gets better.”

February 25, 2020

Joe Biden says he would “insist, insist, insist” that the United States has the access it needs to the outbreak in China while Trump fawns over President Xi.

March 12, 2020

Joe Biden lays out a detailed plan to mount a decisive public health and economic response to the COVID-19 crisis and prepare for future global health threats.

March 18, 2020

Joe Biden calls on Trump to fully invoke the Defense Production Act and surge production of life-saving supplies.

April 2, 2020

Joe Biden releases a “Make It Work” check-list to ensure rapid, fair, and transparent implementation and oversight of the CARES Act.

April 3, 2020

April 9, 2020

Joe Biden shines a light on the racial inequities of COVID-19 and calls for comprehensive data so we can focus resources on where help is needed.

April 10, 2020

Joe Biden condemns incidents of racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

April 12, 2020

Joe Biden asks where is Trump’s plan to safely reopen America and argues we need to stop thinking of the health and economic responses as separate.

April 16, 2020

Joe Biden releases a 4-point plan for essential workers, including enacting premium pay for their work.

Joe Biden announces new plan to scale up employment insurance by reforming short-term compensation program

April 21, 2020

Joe Biden calls on Trump to ensure that relief funds get to deserving small businesses and lays out the steps to make it happen.

April 27, 2020

Joe Biden and the Biden for President Health Advisory Committee release a plan for testing, tracing, and workplace protection.

April 28, 2020

Joe Biden calls greater support for women and families in this crisis, including emergency child care assistance.

May 11, 2020

Joe Biden condemns Trump for pushing a false choice between protecting our health and our economy and his failures to lead a national response to reopen safely and sustainably.

May 20, 2020

Joe Biden urges Trump to address the hunger crisis and work with Congress to pass the bipartisan FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act.

May 28, 2020

Joe Biden calls for action to protect and support people with disabilities.

June 11, 2020

Joe Biden shares his plan for an effective reopening that jumpstarts the economy.

June 14, 2020

Joe Biden warns that Trump has left our communities dangerously vulnerable to new natural disasters, like hurricanes.

June 30, 2020

Joe Biden lays out an updated plan to get the virus under the control after months of Trump’s persistent failures.

July 7, 2020

Joe Biden excoriates Trump’s failures to secure America’s critical medical supply chains and outlines the steps Biden will take to put Americans to work rebuilding manufacturing in the United States.

July 17, 2020

Joe Biden lays out a roadmap to reopening schools safely. Creating the conditions to make it happen should be a top national priority.

July 27, 2020

Joe Biden calls on Trump to follow three principles of integrity in the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

August 13, 2020

Joe Biden calls for nationwide mask mandates

September 2, 2020

Joe Biden releases a plan to safely and effectively reopen schools.

September 8, 2020

Joe Biden lays out three questions the Trump administration must answer to assure that politics will play no role in the approval and distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

January 20, 2020

On his first day as president, with the goal of containing coronavirus, Biden implemented a federal mask mandate, requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors.

January 21, 2020

The administration released a 200-page document titled "National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness." Biden also created the White House COVID-19 Response Team to succeed the COVID-19 Advisory Board for a unified federal government response.

January 21, 2020

Biden also signed an order on January 21, 2021 that directed FEMA to offer full reimbursements to states for the cost of using their own National Guard personnel and emergency supplies such as personal protective equipment in schools.

January 21, 2020

Biden issued two executive orders, one on the importance of addressing systemic racism and health disparities plaguing underserved communities, and the second on establishing a unified testing strategy across the United States. The first order calls for a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to be established through the Department of Health and Human Services. It will include government and non-government officials to ensure an "equitable" pandemic response and recovery. The second order calls for a National Pandemic Testing Board to be established to improve US coronavirus testing capacity.

January 21, 2020

Biden also signed an order on January 21, 2021 that directed FEMA to offer full reimbursements to states for the cost of using their own National Guard personnel and emergency supplies such as personal protective equipment in schools.

January 21, 2021

President Biden signs ten executive orders related to the country's COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts. These include activating the Defense Production Act in order to speed up vaccine distribution.

January 25, 2021

President Biden imposes travel restrictions on South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Brazil to mitigate the spread of newly-identified COVID-19 strains.

January 26, 2021

President Biden signs executive orders relating to racism (xenophobia against Asian Americans due to the COVID-19 pandemic; ending Department of Justice contracts with private prisons due to the growing number of incarcerated African Americans; discriminatory housing rules) and for the relationships of Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Nations. Prior to the signing, domestic policy adviser Susan Rice held her first White House press conference, discussing the executive actions.

January 26, 2021

President Biden orders 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed by the end of August

January 27, 2021

The White House COVID-19 Response Team holds its first weekly public briefing featuring Anthony Fauci, Marcella Nunez-Smith, Jeff Zients, Andy Slavitt and Rochelle Walensky

February 1, 2021

President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with ten Republican senators in the Oval Office to negotiate a deal on a coronavirus aid package.

February 2, 2021

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeffrey Zients announced the administration would ship almost 1 million doses to 6,500 pharmacies across the country to increase vaccine availability.

February 3, 2021

President Biden and Vice President-Harris meet with ten Democratic senators in the Oval Office to negotiate a deal on a coronavirus aid package.

February 5, 2021

President Biden and Vice President-Harris meet with Democratic House leaders in the Oval Office to negotiate a deal on a coronavirus aid package.

February 7, 2021

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden deliver a video message during Super Bowl LV to thank frontline health workers and offer a moment of silence to the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States

February 11, 2021

President Biden visits the National Institutes of Health and delivers an address to the staff, declaring that there will be enough vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July. He also announces that the United States has signed contracts with Pfizer and Moderna for 200 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses

February 16, 2021

President Biden extends the foreclosure ban and mortgage forbearance through the end of June in an effort to address the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

February 22, 2021

President Biden holds a moment of silence outside the White House to commemorate the 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

February 23, 2021

President Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting and joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to discuss COVID-19, economic recovery, climate change, and refugees and migration.

February 25, 2021

President Biden participates in an event commemorating the 50 millionth COVID-19 vaccine shot.

March 1, 2021

President Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to discuss migration, COVID-19 and economic and security cooperation

March 2, 2021

President Biden says that the United States government expects to take delivery of enough COVID-19 vaccine for all adult Americans by the end of May 2021

March 11, 2021

President Biden addresses the nation on television marking the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the address, Biden announces that all American adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by May 1, 2021.

March 15, 2021

President Biden says that the United States government expects to complete 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots and 100 million stimulus checks for all Americans within the next 10 days.

April 6, 2021

President Biden announces that all adults should be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine appointments by April 19, 2021.

April 6, 2021

President Biden announces that all adults should be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine appointments by April 19, 2021.

April 27, 2021

President Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 after an announcement by the CDC about wearing masks.

May 4, 2021

President Biden announces that he plans to vaccinate 70% of American adults against COVID-19 by July 4.

May 12, 2021

President Biden delivers remarks on the Colonial Pipeline, which he expects good news about it in the next 24 hours, and the COVID-19 vaccine and response program that is partnered with Uber and Lyft.

May 20, 2021

President Biden signs the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.

May 26, 2021

President Biden reveals that earlier in 2021, he ordered a closer intelligence review of two possible scenarios on the origin of COVID-19, including the theory that the virus escaped from a Wuhan lab.

June 24, 2021

President Biden visits Raleigh, North Carolina and speaks at a community center to encourage citizens to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

July 4, 2021

President Biden hosts his own 4th of July party at the White House South Lawn and remarks about honoring the military and remarking about the work on the pandemic right as the Delta variant accounted for 25% of COVID-19 cases.

July 14, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo arrives at the White House to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine campaign.

July 29, 2021

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