Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden will ask Americans to wear masks during his first 100 days in office, while Democrats in the House to hold a vote on Friday for the federal decriminalization of marijuana and more politics.
Biden will ask Americans to wear a mask for first 100 days
Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden said that during his first 100 days in office, he will ask Americans to wear masks starting on Inauguration Day to drive down the number of coronavirus cases in the US.
“The first day I’m inaugurated I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” Biden said during an interview with CNN, Fox reported. “Just 100, not forever – 100 days.”
“I think we’ll see a significant reduction that occurs with vaccinations and masking to drive down the numbers considerably,” Biden added.
America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, agrees.
“It’s a good idea — uniform,” Fauci said during an interview with NBC’s Today show, Politico reported. “He’s saying, ‘Hey, folks, trust me. Everybody for 100 days.’ Now, it might be that after that, we still are going to need it. But he just wants it, everybody for a commitment for 100 days. And I discussed that with him, and I told him I thought that was a good idea.”
Biden asks Dr. Fauci to become his chief medical advisor
During an interview with CNN on Thursday, presumptive President-elect Joe Biden said that he has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to stay on as part of his administration as chief medical advisor and part of his COVID-19 response team, USA Today reported.
Biden said he asked Fauci “to stay on the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents.”
Dr. Fauci has advised six Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues, according to the bio at the National Institutes of Health.
House Democrats will vote on federally decriminalizing marijuana
Democrats in the House of Representatives will take a vote on Friday that aims to decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level. Joe Biden also campaigned in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.
Besides decriminalization, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act has several other aims. The bill would also mandate a reassessment of prior marijuana convictions, invest in services for people caught up in the war on drugs, as well as open Small Business Administration funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses.
Democrats previously pulled the bill, out of concerns that the controversial vote could cause some democratic lawmakers to lose tight races in the November elections, ABC reported. However, despite widespread support from Democrats in the House, some say the bill has no chance of becoming law in the current session of Congress, as it will face a Republican firewall in the Senate.
Further, even after presumptive president-elect Joe Biden assumes office on January 20, Democrats would still have to pass the measure through the Senate, which could remain in Republican control pending runoff elections in Georgia early next month.