Seeming to hit the ground running, new US President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions that his team earlier said aimed to “reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration”. Al Jazeera reports that one of Biden’s first major challenges as he enters the White House will be tackling the surging COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 400,000 people across the country and to this end he instituted a 100-day mask mandate across the country and appointed a COVID-19 coordinator to manage a national response to the pandemic. Biden among others also announced that the US is staying as a member of the World Health Organization, rescinded the so-called “Muslim ban”, said that the US will once again become a party to the Paris Climate Agreement, halted the building of the wall on the US-Mexico border, and revoked the presidential permit granted to the controversial multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline.