The nation is mired in a pandemic that’s cost, at this writing, 215,000 American lives. A tragedy compounded by the current U.S. president’s laissez faire approach to COVID-19 and his horrific failure to protect Americans. This has cost the poorest, marginalized populations the most, and the president could care less.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has decades of solid public service behind him. He is sorely needed to pull Americans together against the virus and other existential challenges. Biden pledges to guide with greater respect for public health before COVID-19 does deeper damage to the nation’s people, its psyche and its economy.