US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a $1.9 trillion relief plan to help recuperate the US economy hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, before taking office next week. As the US faces its implacable stage of the pandemic, Mr. Joe Biden termed the moment as “a crisis of deep human suffering”.
The striving, wide-ranging plan includes $160 billion to strengthen vaccination and testing efforts, and other health programs and $350 billion for state and local governments, in addition to $1 trillion in relief to families, through direct payments and unemployment insurance.
If passed by Council, it would include $1 trillion for families, with direct payments of $1,400 to all Americans.
The president had vowed to do an improved job of handling the virus than his precursor President Donald Trump.
These new offers come as coronavirus has seen an enormous surge during the winter breaking former records.
Each day brings well over 2,00,000 new cases in the U.S. and the daily death toll at times tops 4,000.
Mr. Biden ran on the potential that he would deliver Americans through the covid-19 crisis, and more recently has vowed to ramp up vaccination efforts and supervise the controlling of 100 million Covid-19 shots during his first 100 days.
Two effective vaccines were distributed under the Trump administration, but health officials say the rollout needs to accelerate.
Joe also said that he desires to start a nationwide vaccination program which includes setting up mass vaccination hubs and shipping mobile units to remote areas and for that he advises to pump 20 billion dollars.
The instigating of Mr. Biden’s term, nevertheless, will take place against the backdrop of a U.S. Senate impeachment trial for his predecessor.
It is uncertain how quickly the Senate will proceed – or whether it will vote to convict President Trump – but the drama is likely to prove an interference from the Biden agenda.