Biden plans immediate orders on COVID-19, climate, immigration
Updated 20:22, 20-Jan-2021

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will sign "a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters" on the first day of his administration on Wednesday, stated Biden's transition team.

The 17 actions include imposing a mask mandate on federal property and installing a coronavirus response coordinator to oversee the Biden White House's efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies.

Biden also plans to reverse several of U.S. President Donald Trump's attempts to withdraw from international agreements, rejoining the Paris climate accord and halting the United States' departure from the World Health Organization.

Also, he will undo some of Trump's immigration crackdowns, ending the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries and halting funding for the border wall.

Biden will sign the executive orders and memoranda in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon, his incoming press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

(With input from agencies)

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