“My first 100 days won’t end the COVID-19 virus,” Biden declared this week. “I can’t promise that. But we did not get in this mess quickly. We’re not going to get out of it quickly. It’s going to take some time. But I’m absolutely convinced that in 100 days, we can change the course of the disease and change life in America for the better.”
In his speech, Biden promised that he will require masks on planes, trains, and buses. But airlines, Amtrak, and major interstate bus companies already require masks, so that isn’t even a real promise to do anything.
Biden said he would ask the public to “wear a mask for 100 days.” That also makes no sense. Why announce an arbitrary timeline such as that when public health experts have predicted that masks will still be necessary next year? Vaccinations will not likely be available to everybody who wants one until next fall.
On the vaccination front, Biden has promised to try and get 100 million people vaccinated in his first 100 days. But the plan that is already in place would vaccinate 25 million to 30 million per month anyway, basically the same number as his pledge.