Upon his inauguration as 46th US president, Joe Biden is predicted to sign the first of around 17 executive actions, some of which will reverse the decisions made by his predecessor Donald Trump. He will make changes in the US response to the covid pandemic including a new relief package for financially strained Americans. He is also expected to reverse the ban on immigration from Muslim-majority countries. Federal workers will receive a mandatory order to wear masks at all times.
Before the swearing-in ceremony, Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden attended a service at Washington’s Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle, along with incoming vice president Kamala Harris and her husband. They were joined by both Senate leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.