BIDEN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ACTIONS PROMOTING RACIAL EQUALITY
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (Wednesday, January 27, 2021, in Manila) signed a set of executive actions aimed at promoting racial equity in the United States, Cristina Maza and Eliyahu Kamisher reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Speaking to reporters from the White House, Biden pledged to address racism in federal housing policies, restore the voting rights act, and eliminate the use of privately-operated criminal detention facilities, among other actions, in an effort to combat the effects of systemic racism. "Private prisons profiteer off of federal prisoners," Susan Rice, a White House adviser said on Tuesday.
Biden promised to direct federal agencies to combat the resurgence of xenophobia, particularly against Asian Americans, who Biden noted have faced discrimination and hate crimes during the pandemic, and reversed the Trump administration's ban on diversity and sensitivity training.
Also on Tuesday, Biden said the US will purchase an additional 200 million vaccine doses, split evenly between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Biden said the US will now have access to 600 million doses, enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans by summer.
Defeated president Donald Trump did not buy enough vaccines for the US. Over 2 million people are currently incarcerated in the US, with a disproportionate number of people of color behind bars, according to a White House fact sheet.
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