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Biden announces 3 COVID-19 objectives for his first 100 days in office

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, while introducing the individuals he's nominated to lead his health care and COVID-19 response team, laid out three major coronavirus pandemic goals that he's aiming to achieve in the first 100 days of his administration next year.

Drawn up in consultation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, Biden's tenets include encouraging everyone to wear a mask — he said he'll require mask usage when and where he can, like federal property or interstate bus and plane travel — and delivering at least 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots, though he acknowledged the latter won't be easy without Congress lending a hand. He also said it should be a "national priority" to get kids back in the classroom while also keeping schools open for the long haul. Tim O'Donnell