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Workers on Tuesday disassembled the inaugural-parade reviewing stand in front of the White House, as President-elect Biden prepares for a mostly virtual day.

The big picture: Biden organizers tell me they don't want crowds because of COVID, and will find other ways to include the American people. It's an early sign of the big change in COVID tone that's coming on Inauguration Day.

Driving the news ... Biden, in remarks yesterday in Wilmington, added details about his three-part "100-day challenge":

  • Biden "will launch a massive public education campaign to increase vaccine acceptance," as part of "ensuring that 100 million shots have been administered by the end of our first 100 days." Biden said he'll set up vaccination sites, and "send mobile units to hard-to-reach communities."
  • "I’ll be asking the American people to wear a mask for the first 100 days ... Our administration will require masks where we can for federal workers, in federal facilities, and on interstate travel like planes and trains. And we’ve been working directly with county officials, mayors, and governors to implement mask mandates in their towns, cities, and states."
  • "Another 100-day challenge is opening most of our K-8 schools by the end of our first 100 days" — the end of April.
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Updated Jan 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House on Wednesday night. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden signed his first executive orders into law from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening after walking in a brief inaugural parade to the White House with first lady Jill Biden and members of their family. He was inaugurated with Vice President Kamala Harris at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning.

Why it matters: Many of Biden's day one actions immediately reverse key Trump administration policies, including rejoining the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, launching a racial equity initiative and reversing the Muslim travel ban.

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Yesterday, Joseph R. Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, with Vice President Kamala Harris by his side. If you weren't able to watch the full day of festivities, we'll guide you through the highlights, including Biden's first address to the nation, a virtual parade around the country and the most memorable performances of the day.

  • Plus, Biden's first executive actions in office, and what else he'll be signing today.
  • And, his proposal to overhaul our immigration system.
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President Biden. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Biden will continue his executive action blitz on Friday, issuing two more orders in an attempt to provide immediate relief to struggling families without waiting for Congress.

Why it matters: In his second full day in office, Biden is again resorting to executive actions as he tries to increase payments for nutritional assistance and protect workers' rights during the pandemic.