Background Briefing  |  January 21, 2021

We begin with the flurry of executive orders coming from President Biden, most associated with trying to get control of the Covid-19 pandemic which has claimed over 400,000 American lives and will likely kill over a half a million of our fellow citizens before the current vaccines stop it, assuming the virus does not outrun us in the race between vaccination and mutation. Lawrence Gostin, University Professor and Founding Chair in Global Health at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, joins us to discuss the Biden Administration’s pledge “We can and will beat Covid-19. America deserves a response to the Covid-19 pandemic that is driven by science, data and public health – not politics.” We also examine the importance of the U.S. rejoining the World Health Organization which was done by a Biden Executive Order.

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