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What Joe Biden's 100-day agenda means for US-India partnership

Updated : January 23, 2021 09:28 AM IST

US President Joe Biden has rolled out a full-scale wartime coronavirus strategy. He has signed 10 executive orders aimed at fighting the COVID-19 public health crisis. One of the key measures was the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

He said, "History is going to measure whether we are up to the task and things are going to continue to get worse before they get better."

100 million vaccinations in 100 days, a 100 days mask challenge, mandatory COVID test for those intending to travel to the United States, safe reopening of schools and businesses and use of Defence Production Act to combat the pandemic and increase vaccine distribution were among the President's latest set of orders.

Joe Biden's executive orders do not need legislative approval and are being watched closely by India and the world.

In what comes as a relief for the Indian IT sector, the new President has either withdrawn or put a freeze on Donald Trump's H1-B curbs. His proposed immigration bill aims to clear the employment based visa backlog, reducing wait times and eliminating the visa cap on countries.

So what does Joe Biden's 100 day agenda mean for the US-India partnership? To discuss this, Parikshit Luthra spoke to Nisha Biswal, president of USIBC and Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary.

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