Biden: Covid deaths could soon top 500,000 but 'help is on the way'

President Joe Biden signed a slew of executive orders and launched a national strategy to curb the raging coronavirus pandemic on his first full day in office on Thursday, as he made the grim prediction that deaths could top a half-million next month. Biden’s strategy is to lay out a coordinated federal response long resisted by his predecessor Donald Trump, while aiming to restore trust in the government, ramp up the vaccination programme, expand testing and mask-wearing, and safely reopen schools and businesses. “Our national strategy is comprehensive, it’s based on science not politics, it’…

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