On January 20, Biden was formally sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. On his first day in office, he immediately finalized 17 administrative orders in the Oval Office of the White House.
Among them, the most eye-catching is undoubted that Biden signed an executive order to allow the United States to return to “international groups” such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, he also signed a number of other administrative orders, including the implementation of the mask injunction, the suspension of the construction of the border wall, and the lifting of the travel ban on certain Muslim countries.
CNN, The New York Times, and other US media have pointed out that Biden’s series of actions on his first day in the office is aimed at “dismantling Trump’s political legacy.” US media “Business Insider” believes that Biden’s behavior is more inclined to joint cooperation and multilateral dialogue, and to open up a new relationship between the United States and the world.
According to CNN, only a few hours after taking the oath of office on the 20th, Biden finalized as many as 17 administrative orders in one go, including signing 15 administrative orders and 2 agency orders. CNN described that Biden has acted faster and more aggressively than all other presidents in “dismantling the political legacy left by his predecessor.”
According to statistics, the topics covered by these administrative directives include the new crown epidemic, economy, environment, race, equality, and people’s livelihood, and several of them are particularly interesting.
Return to the Paris Agreement and WHO
Specifically, among the dozen or so administrative orders, the most concerned is that Biden made the United States rejoin the “Paris Climate Agreement” and the WHO. Previously, the former President Trump took action in 2017 and 2020, announcing that the United States had “retired” from these agreements and international organizations.
According to “Business Insider”, after Biden signed the executive order, the United States will officially return to the “Paris Climate Agreement” within 30 days; and after reversing the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization, a well-known American infectious disease expert Fauci will represent the Biden government at the relevant WHO meeting on Thursday (21st) local time and will also speak at the same time.
Stop building walls and lift travel bans in some Muslim countries
According to reports, with Biden holding a signature pen “with a big stroke”, he also halted the construction of a border wall on the US-Mexico border during Trump’s administration, and at the same time revoked Trump’s previous actions against some Muslim countries. Travel ban.
“Business Insider” pointed out that in fact, many of these contents are the core agenda in Trump’s eyes, such as building a border wall. Critics believe that this wall reflects Trump’s “xenophobia” and is incompatible with the United States. The traditional image of being an immigrant country runs counter to.
As for suppressing illegal immigration, Trump has no mercy and has issued travel bans against certain Muslim countries in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. Now that Biden lifts the ban, the US State Department will resume visa processing for these affected countries.
Facing a severe epidemic, face mask mandate
For Biden, the biggest problem at the beginning of taking office was still how to contain the current serious epidemic situation in the United States. After winning the general election last year, he once proposed the most simple and clear anti-epidemic policy-“Let Americans wear masks for 100 days.”
Today, Biden has first implemented a “mask injunction” at the federal government level. According to reports, he signed an executive order that day requiring everyone to wear masks and maintain social distancing in federal buildings and federal jurisdictions. At the same time, with regard to the distribution of new crown vaccines and medical supplies, Biden has also established the post of White House coronavirus response coordinator, who is responsible for supervision.
Bloomberg pointed out that this requirement to wear masks does not have much impact, because many federal government offices have closed or implemented security measures, but the Biden administration said that this is a manifestation of the federal government’s example; previously, Trump and His assistant blatantly defied the public health regulations.
Biden is correcting Trump’s mistakes
Previously, the new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and other senior Biden staff told the media that Biden’s actions on the first day of his tenure were only part of a series of actions, and Biden will continue in the weeks before taking office. Eliminating the policies proposed by Trump is also a concrete manifestation of the implementation of his campaign promises.
Regarding Biden’s series of actions, The New York Times believes that these are all in Biden’s eyes, Trump’s “bad atrocities” committed during the turbulent four-year administration. The newspaper also quoted a senior adviser close to Biden as saying that these measures are “reversing the serious harm Trump has caused to the United States.”
“Business Insider” mainly focuses on the different governing ideas of Biden and Trump. For example, Trump pursues unilateralism in the field of diplomacy and international affairs and promotes the concept of “America First”, which has made the United States increasingly isolated in the past four years. In fact, Trump has previously treated many international organizations None of the criticisms are based on facts.
According to the report, in contrast, on the first day of his tenure, Biden began to try to repair the relationship with allies and try to rebuild the leadership of the United States in global affairs. His actions are showing the outside world the new relationship between the United States and the world The era has begun.
Germany starts ordering 2022 vaccines, local leaders suggest approval of Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday (30th) that the country has now begun to order the 2022 vaccine, because the spread of the variant new coronavirus may require an increase in the dose in the future.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spann said in a video conference for medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering 2022 vaccines, and at least some of them must be obtained first because no one knows whether there is a need to increase the number of vaccine injections in the future, or In order to maintain immunity to the new coronavirus, vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Spann said that 2.3 million people out of the 83 million German population have received the first dose of vaccine, but because vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modena, and other vaccine manufacturers suddenly announced reductions in production, European governments faced a shortage of vaccines. Both are quite a headache. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force, and it is also expected to convene federal and local government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and EU representatives for a vaccine meeting on the 1st.
Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, stalled during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envied the faster vaccination rates in Britain, Israel, and other countries. The German federal government has continuously received criticisms of too slow vaccination progress. German media described the government vaccine program as a “scandal.” Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest point since the epidemic.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, put forward a new proposal that requires the federal state to allow the state to have more say in the supply of vaccines to the groups most in need. Soder said, “We need an emergency vaccine economy system, and the country must formulate clear rules,” he called on the authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, as of the 30th, Germany had 13,321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day, with a total of more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56,000 deaths. Although the number of cases per 100,000 people has dropped by 3 in the past 7 days to 91 cases. The government stated that the number must be less than 50 cases to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. In addition, the German Ministry of the Interior said that due to the growing domestic concerns about the mutant virus, it is currently preparing to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.
Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”
Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.
U.S. COVID-19 patient dies hours after vaccination
A person infected with the new coronavirus in California, USA, died a few hours after being vaccinated with the new coronavirus on the 21st. The cause of death has not been identified, and it is not clear whether the deceased was vaccinated with Modena or Pfizer.
According to Fox News, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California announced on Saturday (23rd) that a resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus in December 2020 will be vaccinated on January 21, 2021. Received the vaccine, but died a few hours later.
The sheriff’s office said that at present, many local, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the case. It is too early to talk about the cause of death, and the results of the investigation are still pending.
According to the report, it is still unclear whether the vaccine for the deceased was Moderna or Pfizer.
According to previous reports, a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd showed that as of January 10, a total of 4,041,396 people in the United States had received the first dose of the covid vaccine developed by Modena in the United States, and a total of 1,266 cases of adverse effects were reported Reaction events (adverse reaction rate is about 0.03%), including 10 allergic reactions. Previously, the center reported that as of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 people in the United States had received the first dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine, and a total of 4,393 adverse events were reported, including 21 allergic reactions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past month, an average of 423 people died of new coronavirus every day in California. The state has currently recorded 36,362 deaths.