President Biden has come storming out of the gate just days into his presidency. One of his first actions was to sign 10 separate Executive Orders focused on responding to and managing the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Unlike his predecessor, Biden has chosen not to create a task force or mobilize a military operation. Rather, he has outlined 10 directives, empowering the federal government and a slew of secretaries to do his bidding.

Executive Orders are generally pretty vague. They announce an overarching purpose or policy and a short outline of how it is to be accomplished. It is up to those organizations or individuals named therein to execute the finer details.

But with these 10 orders, Biden seems to be kicking open the door to a massive federal COVID-19 response that, in some cases, includes policies and parts of his political platform. It’s too early to tell how these orders will actually unfold, but they seem geared at unleashing the full might of the federal government onto just about every aspect of the coronavirus pandemic. In so doing, Biden is not only departing from state-led management of the pandemic but also paving the way for a robust federal response.

I. I am Thy Federal Coordinator

Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security

President Biden’s first Executive Order was designed to establish the new structure under which his COVID-19 response would operate. Seemingly doing away with Trump’s Operation Warp Speed, this order creates a new position, “Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President.” The Response Coordinator will report directly to President Biden and “advise and assist the President and executive departments and agencies in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”