“Help is on the way,” said President Joe Biden today as he unveiled his 200-page national COVID-19 strategy and signed 10 executive actions aimed at tackling the pandemic, including ensuring the safe opening of schools, new guidance for foreign travel, and ensuring the National Guard in all 50 states is involved in the pandemic response.

“Things will get worse before they get better,” Biden said, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris, Anthony Fauci, MD, chief medical advisor to the president and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Jeff Zients, the Biden administration’s COVID czar.

Throughout the address, Biden warned that dark days are ahead for Americans, that it will take months to vaccinate enough Americans to make a difference in transmission rates, and that the death toll will likely top 500,000.

“We didn’t get into this mess overnight,” Biden said. “But we will get through this, we will defeat this pandemic. This is a full-scale wartime effort.”

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