United States President-Elect Joe Biden issued a statement regarding wearing masks amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
In the statement, Biden calls wearing a mask a “patriotic duty,” not a political statement.
“Wearing a mask isn’t a political statement — it’s a patriotic duty.”
Biden has said he will try to avoid a national shutdown as COVID-19 cases surge in the United States. For example, last he announced the members of his coronavirus task force last week. The new task force exclusively consists of doctors and health experts. He has long signaled his intent to seek a science-based approach to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.
Joe Biden Calls for Trump to Confront Uptick COVID-19 Cases
Biden also recently demanded last week that the Trump administration do more to confront COVID-19 cases as they continue to rise across the country. He called the federal response “woefully lacking.” Those remarks come despite President Trump breaking a 10-day silence on the pandemic to threaten to withhold a vaccine from New York.
Meanwhile, in a statement he made on Twitter, Biden said that the recent surge in infections deserves a “robust and immediate federal response.”
“I am alarmed by the surge in reported COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and fatalities,” Biden wrote. “This crisis demands a robust and immediate federal response which has been woefully lacking.”
In another tweet, Biden calls for Trump to act urgently to combat the virus.
“I am the president-elect, but will not be president until next year,” said in another tweet. “COVID-19 does not respect dates on the calendar, it is accelerating right now. Urgent action is needed today, now, by the current administration.”
I am the president-elect, but will not be president until next year. COVID-19 does not respect dates on the calendar, it is accelerating right now. Urgent action is needed today, now, by the current administration.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 14, 2020
Furthermore, the president-elect has said he will enact a swift and aggressive national approach to combating COVID-19. Unquestionably, one of those strategies will be to implement a federal mask mandate. He also has said he will be working with governors to impose similar restrictions at a local level. In addition, he wants to expand testing and contact tracing efforts.