President Biden could be set to permanently ban one of Donald Trump's favorite names for COVID-19 from all government documents...
Clearly, the newly-elected president is wasting no time...
Just one week into his presidency, Biden has been busy dismantling a whole array of Trump-era regulations.
Mere hours after his inauguration ceremony, Biden fulfilled one of his top campaign promises by pledging to put the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement on climate change - an international pact aimed at curbing emissions that cause global warming.
Trump famously withdrew from the agreement in 2017, citing costs to American taxpayers.
And as for the country's ongoing racial division?
Well, Biden has already got to work on putting the pieces back together.
He first signed an executive order to promote racial equity.
Biden ordered his government to conduct equity assessments of its agencies and reallocate resources to "advance equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality."
He then reversed Trump's infamous ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries.
Biden's proclamation reversed Trump's policy that barred entry to the U.S. for refugees and residents from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and orders plans within forty-five days for resuming visa processing.
He has even brought back the plans for the face of Harriet Tubman to be put on the new $20 bill design.
This plan was originally proposed by the Obama administration but was then promptly stalled upon Trump's entry to the White House.
In a Monday press briefing, White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki said:
"It's important that our notes, our money... Reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that."
She added that the administration is "exploring ways to speed up that effort, but any specifics would, of course, come from the Department of Treasury."
And, on top of all that...
He has also been clamping down on the country's COVID-19 response.
Biden signed an executive order which created the position of COVID-19 response coordinator, who will advise the president and oversee the distribution of vaccines, tests, and other supplies.
An executive order requiring mask-wearing on federal property was also signed.
But his latest move is the one that everyone is talking about.
Reports are circulating that Biden is looking to permanently remove the phrase "China Virus" from all government documents regarding the pandemic.
Now, we're all aware of the former president's fondness for the inflammatory phrase.
Trump first referred to COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus" or the "China virus" back in March last year.
Here he is in action:
Even on his way out this POS shows us just how racist he is & will always be.— NonyaBiz! 🏳️🌈 tRUMP & GOP genocide (@LSD122070) January 20, 2021
“China Virus,” —Donald J. Trump pic.twitter.com/uOgFZUnSpy
In his farewell speech, of all things.
"We've done a lot. There are still things to do. First thing we have to do is pay our respects and love to the incredible people and families who suffered so gravely from the China virus. It's a horrible thing that was put onto the world. We all know where it came from, but it's a horrible, horrible thing, so be very careful. Be very, very careful."
Trump always insisted that his label wasn't racist.
"It's not racist at all. No, not at all. It comes from China, that's why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate," the flustered former president told reporters at a White House daily news briefing last year.
Of course, many people took great offense to the term...
Even after a full year of Trump calling Covid the "China Virus" they're still trying to act like it wasn't xenophobia, particularly now that we know that most of the initial infections in the US originated from Europe rather than China.— mmmkay (@angryUTdude) January 25, 2021
With some even labeling it as "xenophobic" and "racist."
Well, Biden has had just about enough of Trump's antics...
And today, reports are claiming that he is clamping down on the use of the problematic term.
The Biden transition team and White House Domestic Policy Council have been preparing executive orders that will remove racially offensive language following a surge in hate crimes against Asian America...
The "China virus" being one of them.
The Biden executive order is also expected to ensure agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) will look into any xenophobic references to coronavirus.
According to CBS, although no specific references to the term "China virus'" were found, it's likely that any such language that singles out races or countries will be ordered to be removed.
Cynthia Choi, executive director of Stop AAPI Hate, said on the decision:
"The idea that the president of the United States is not going to be hostile and not be a super spreader of hate is incredible."
"I hope this order reverses the damage caused under the Trump administration, which used federal dollars and resources to create a hostile climate and led to backlash directed toward our community."
What an incredible move for our country.
President Biden, you've done us proud.