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A year in, experts assess Biden's hits and misses on handling the pandemic

President Biden's national strategy for beating COVID-19, released in January 2021, outlined seven key goals to address the pandemic. One year later, experts evaluate the administration's performance on each goal. Click here article.

  1. Restore trust with the American people: The administration's efforts to restore trust have been hampered by continued communication challenges and public perception of chaotic guidance.

  2. Mount a safe, effective, comprehensive vaccination campaign: Biden's administration expanded vaccine access significantly but faces challenges in persuading resistant populations to get vaccinated.

  3. Mitigate spread through expanding masking, testing, treatment, data, workforce, and clear public health standards: While vaccination efforts were prioritized, other mitigation strategies like testing and masking were underemphasized, leading to missed opportunities.

  4. Immediately expand emergency relief and exercise the Defense Production Act: The administration successfully passed the American Rescue Plan but faced criticism for delays in addressing testing and mask shortages.

  5. Safely reopen schools, businesses, and travel, while protecting workers: Despite decentralized decision-making, most schools remained open during surges, although worker protections faced setbacks due to legal challenges to vaccine mandates.

  6. Protect those most at risk and advance equity, including across racial, ethnic, and rural/urban lines: Progress has been made in narrowing vaccination and death rate gaps among communities, but challenges persist in ensuring equitable access to testing and masks.

  7. Restore U.S. leadership globally and build better preparedness for future threats: While the U.S. rejoined the World Health Organization and pledged vaccine donations, critics argue that efforts to vaccinate the world have been insufficient, and more action is needed to prepare for future threats.

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