Washington Post: Not a single reporter at Biden’s first presidential news conference asked about the pandemic

Washington Post: Not a single reporter at Biden’s first presidential news conference asked about the pandemic. “President Biden began his first White House news conference by practically inviting reporters to ask him about the major story of the past year. He talked about his administration’s efforts to reopen schools closed during the pandemic, celebrated a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package and announced a new goal to administer 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines by his 100th day in office. But the president’s introductory remarks were the last time the pandemic was mentioned during Thursday’s Q&A. Over the next hour, not a single one of the masked and socially distanced journalists assembled in the East Room asked about it.”

PolitiFact: No, Biden didn’t promote ‘mandatory’ COVID-19 vaccines in primetime address

PolitiFact: No, Biden didn’t promote ‘mandatory’ COVID-19 vaccines in primetime address. “In a primetime address delivered hours after he signed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law, Biden said his goal is to make small-group gatherings possible by July 4. He encouraged Americans to get vaccinated and follow public health guidelines to make that happen. But the president did not say he would mandate that everybody get the vaccine, despite what one conservative commentator said in a Facebook live video reacting to the address.”

CNET: Biden to mark anniversary of COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday. How to watch

CNET: Biden to mark anniversary of COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday. How to watch. “President Joe Biden on Thursday will deliver his first prime-time address, marking one year since shutdowns and other restrictions were put in place across the US in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The president will discuss sacrifices many Americans have made over the last year and ‘the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.”

Covid: Biden says ‘Neanderthal thinking’ behind lifting of mask rules (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Biden says ‘Neanderthal thinking’ behind lifting of mask rules. “President Joe Biden has criticised the lifting of mask requirements in the states of Texas and Mississippi, calling it ‘Neanderthal thinking’. ‘I think it’s a big mistake,’ he said. Masks, social distancing and other measures were still important, despite the role vaccines were playing in containing the pandemic, he said.”

Wired: The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media

Wired: The Strange Theater of Watching the Inauguration on Social Media. “The laser focus on Wednesday’s inauguration was to be expected—they always draw large audiences—but the attention paid to the symbols was significant. It was reflective of a populace craving a sign, and also wanting it to be more than that. Purple is nice, but it can’t manifest bipartisanship. Calling attention to that fact, even via tweet, is a way of both acknowledging the shift in priorities that comes with the new administration and promising to hold them accountable. The web is watching.”

Biden Urges Unity: ‘We’re at War With the Virus, Not With One Another’ (New York Times)

New York Times: Biden Urges Unity: ‘We’re at War With the Virus, Not With One Another’. “President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday delivered a raw but optimistic address to Americans in his first nonpolitical speech since winning the election, pleading with the nation to ‘hang on’ and have hope even with the number of coronavirus cases spiking across the country and a hard winter on the horizon.”

Masks, nurses and stockpiles: Biden’s team missing key Covid-19 information (NBC News)

NBC News: Masks, nurses and stockpiles: Biden’s team missing key Covid-19 information. “President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will face a daunting task when he takes office: vaccinating more than 300 million people against the coronavirus as quickly and as safely as possible. But trying to get detailed information from the outgoing Trump administration has proven impossible, hampering the Biden team’s ability to begin planning, according to several health officials advising the incoming president’s team.”

Washington Post: What’s missing from Joe Biden’s covid-19 advisory board

Washington Post: What’s missing from Joe Biden’s covid-19 advisory board. “As one of his first acts as president-elect, Joe Biden announced a covid-19 advisory board made up of top doctors and scientists. In doing so, Biden made good on his word that he will empower public health experts to lead this public health crisis. This is much welcome news after months of the Trump administration muzzling scientists and flouting their guidance. To achieve maximal impact, Biden should add three groups of people.”