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President Biden Signs 17 Executive Orders First Day in Office

January 21, 2021

On January 20, 2020 President Biden signed seventeen executive orders his first day in office covering topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to immigration and more. While the list below is on exhaustive it does cover the executive orders that may impact people living with MS and their loved ones, MS research, and the COVID-19 pandemic. More executive orders are expected from the President over the next few days, so please keep checking back as this list will be updated. 

To date, the President has signed the following executive orders that may impact people with MS: 
  • Extends the nationwide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until at least March 31, 2021. 
  • Extends the pause on student loan payments and interests for Americans with federal student loans until at least September 30, 2021. 
  • Calls for a nationwide face mask and social distancing mandate in federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.
  • Mandates mask usage in airports and on planes, trains, ships, intercity buses and all forms of public travel.
  • Ends the 2017 "travel ban" restricting travel and immigration to the U.S. from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia,Yemen, Eritrea, Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Tanzania and requires the State Department to restart visa applications from these countries. 
  • Resumes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), working to reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children and have not broken any laws.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society, founded in 1946, is the global leader of a growing movement dedicated to creating a world free of MS. The Society funds cutting-edge research for a cure, drives change through advocacy and provides programs and services to help people affected by MS live their best lives. Connect to learn more and get involved:, Facebook, X, formerly known as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or 1-800-344-4867.


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