Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

Pandemic plan also calls for more testing and vaccinations

President Joe Biden announces new COVID-19 prevention measures on Jan. 21
President Joe Biden speaks as Vice President Kamala Harris and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, look on during an event at the State Dining Room of the White House on Jan. 21, 2021. Biden discussed his administration’s COVID-19 response and signed executive orders and other presidential actions.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in? Overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone.