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Biden uses executive orders to address COVID-19, other health care issues

President Joe Biden’s extensive use of executive orders Wednesday to jump-start his presidency and his plans to sign several more this month demonstrate his desire to act swiftly, without waiting for congressional approval, on issues such as COVID-19.
Experts expect him to continue to leverage executive powers to advance his health care agenda. The early wave of executive actions suggests he’ll try to quickly reverse current policies from the Trump administration and outline his own priorities as the United States approaches the grim milestone, projected as soon as next month, of half a million COVID-19 deaths.
The orders Biden signed on Wednesday include one creating the office of “COVID-19 response coordinator.” Another mandates that people wear face masks on federal property. A third reverses the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization.
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