Biden Will Ask Americans to Wear Masks for 100 Days

Biden Will Ask Americans to Wear Masks for 100 Days

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President-elect Joe Biden says one of the first things he’ll do after taking office in January is ask Americans to wear facial coverings for 100 days to curb the coronavirus.

“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” he said Thursday in a CNN interview with Jake Tapper. “Just 100 days to mask. Not forever — 100 days. I think we’ll see a significant reduction if that occurs with vaccinations and masking, to drive down the numbers considerably.” 

Biden also said he asked Anthony Fauci, MD, President Trump’s top adviser on COVID-19 and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to be his chief medical adviser and part of his COVID-19 response team.

“I asked him to stay on the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the COVID team,” Biden told CNN.

He didn’t say if Fauci accepted. On Friday morning, Fauci said he did.

“Absolutely, I said yes right on the spot,” he said Friday morning on the Today show.

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