President-Elect Biden Faces Challenge Of Uniting Country Around Coronavirus Vaccine, Mitigation Efforts

Washington Post: Biden will arrive in office amid a pandemic. It will be his biggest challenge — but also an opportunity.
“As President-elect Joe Biden and his team devise a governing strategy to defeat the coronavirus pandemic — the incoming administration’s most urgent priority — they have become centrally focused on instilling broad, bipartisan faith in vaccines. … The political stakes and the consequences for public health are considerable, said Larry Levitt, executive vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy group. ‘The success of Biden’s presidency likely rests in large part on tamping down the pandemic and having a successful vaccine rollout,’ Levitt said. ‘The Biden administration is going to need to bring red America and blue America together. If the vaccine is a repeat of masks, our efforts to end the pandemic will be stymied’…” (Goldstein, 12/15).

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