After the drama of the Trump administration, expectations of the Biden administration were low when the former vice-president swept into the White House in January. Notoriously adverse to uncertainty, the markets saw having an old hand in the White House as a welcome relief. But with so many challenges and uncertainties facing the US, the 78-year old Biden — the oldest person to ever take office — would be severely tested from day one.

Yet things are looking good for the new administration after its first 100 days. Biden is credited with accelerating vaccination rates, passing much-needed fiscal stimulus and reconciling the US with the international community. He had an approval rating of 53.8% as of his 100th Day in office on April 29, according to polling website FiveThirtyEight, though this is lower than all modern presidents save Donald Trump and Gerald Ford amid declining poll numbers over time.

“The main takeaway is that the Biden administration is indeed exceeding expectations,” says Angela Mancini, partner at political risk firm Control Risks. With Covid-19 high on the administration’s list of priorities, it has well exceeded its target of 100 million doses one hundred days in. Currently, every single US adult who wishes to be vaccinated can get one, with half of all US adults having received at least one shot as of April 19.

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