Washington – The President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, warned this Tuesday that the darkest days of the pandemic are “yet to come” in the country, and that the start of the vaccination campaign will not prevent “tens of thousands” more people from dying as a result of the COVID-19.
“Our darkest days in the fight against COVID are yet to come, we have not left them behind. As frustrating as it may be to hear it, we need patience, persistence and determination to defeat this virus. “Biden said at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware.
In this sense, the former vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017) warned, “Experts say things will get worse before they get better.”
Three days before Christmas, as Americans prepare for unusual holidays amid a recovery in COVID-19 cases and deaths, Biden said he “has absolute confidence in the vaccine, but supplies are limited.”
“We will lose tens of thousands of lives in the coming months and the vaccine will not be able to stop that,” he said. We need everyone to wear a mask, distance themselves socially and avoid large congregations, especially indoors. “
Biden also mentioned the stimulus package, approved by Congress last night and now awaiting the signing of outgoing President Donald Trump, worth $ 900,000 million, to mitigate the deterioration in the economy caused by the pandemic. As he has said on previous occasions, the Democrat said that “this law is only a first step”.
“Early next year, I will present to Congress my plan for the next (the next step),” said the president-elect, recalling that the distribution of vaccines will cost billions of dollars.
In addition, “we must take care of those people who are without errors,” he warned.
Biden, on the other hand, was wary of the most contagious strain of the virus originating in the United Kingdom.
“We’re investigating whether or not we need testing before (people) board the plane and quarantine on arrival (to the US); that’s my instinct, but I’m waiting for my team’s recommendation, ”he said.
Last Tuesday, chief White House epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, chosen by Biden as his future chief medical adviser, felt that the most contagious new strain of the coronavirus should be assumed to be in the United States as it should come as no surprise. that with the enlargement it has had in the United Kingdom has gone beyond its borders.
According to independent data from Johns Hopkins University, the US is the country in the world most affected by COVID-19, with more than 18 million cases and more than 321,000 deaths.
This week, the US began administering the vaccine from the biotech Moderna, the second to receive emergency approval in the country, following the Pfizer prep, which US health workers began receiving last week.
Biden was inoculated with Pfizer’s serum in front of television cameras on Monday in an effort to dispel doubts among Americans about the safety of the immunization.