Economists campaigning for more government aid to people and businesses said this week that Mr Biden’s advisors understand that the focus must be on vaccine use to get the virus under control.
“What the economy needs is a successful introduction of vaccines and a reduction in the risks of social and economic activity,” said Aaron Sojourner, labor economist at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management who served on the White House Economic Council advisers among the advisers Obama and Trump administrations. “This will go a long way toward promoting recovery. It won’t go all the way, but it will go a long way. “
Mr Biden, who has vowed to “get 100 million Covid vaccine shots in the arms of the American people” by his 100th day in office, said last week he intended to release almost all available coronavirus vaccine bottles after he took office as some hold back, as the Trump administration did.
The $ 20 billion “national vaccination program” announced on Thursday provides for community vaccination centers across the country. In recent speeches, he said he would like to see mass vaccination sites in high schools, sports stadiums and the like that may be manned by the National Guard or Federal Emergency Management Agency staff.
Mr. Biden also called for a “Public Health Jobs Program” that aims to address its goals of strengthening the economy and response to Covid-19 while rebuilding the country’s fragile public health infrastructure. The proposal would fund 100,000 public health workers to obtain vaccines and track down contacts.
At the same time, Mr Biden is interested in addressing the racial health differences so painfully exposed by the coronavirus pandemic that has disproportionately claimed the lives of people of color. He pledged to increase funding for community health centers and also intends to fund efforts to contain the pandemic in prisons and prisons where African Americans and Latinos are overrepresented.
He also suggested a wide range of efforts to help those who have suffered most from the economic retreat that has come with the resurgence of hospitalizations and deaths from the virus. His plan would give 106 million Americans, regardless of the size of their employer, emergency paid leave, a proposal many Congressional Republicans worked on to cut back in a stimulus package passed last spring. And it would give many families tax credits to offset annual childcare costs of up to $ 8,000.