Biden Calls for Mandatory ‘Mask-Wearing’ Order - Every American for 100 Days
Former vice president says mask-wearing is a 'patriotic duty'
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he would ask Americans to commit to wearing masks for 100 days, just stopping short of the nationwide mandate he’s pushed previously.
Biden has frequently emphasized mask-wearing as a “patriotic duty” while pushing for a nationwide mask mandate.
He later acknowledged the mandate would not be able to be enforced.
Biden said he would make the request of Americans on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.
“On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask."
"Just 100 days to mask — not forever, just 100 days," Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper.
"And I think we’ll see a significant reduction” in the virus," Biden said.
Biden also requested Dr. Anthony Fauci to stay on “in the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents,” as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Biden said he asked Fauci to act as “chief medical adviser” on his coronavirus advisory team if he wins the election.
The Democrat presidential nominee said he would be “happy” to get inoculated in public to quell worries on safety.
Earlier this week, former President Barack Obama suggested that he would take the COVID-19 vaccine on live television to prove that he "trusts" it.
He told Sirius XM's "Urban View" that frontline workers, like those at grocery stores, should be vaccinated first.
"I promise you that when it's then made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it, and I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed just so that people know that I trust this science," Obama said.
"And what I don't trust is getting COVID," he added.
“People have lost faith in the ability of the vaccine to work."
“It matters what a president and the vice president do.”