Biden: The pandemic will worsen despite the vaccine

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCongress approves .3T coronavirus exemption, government funding deal House Conservatives flock to White House to plan provocative election results House passes massive spending deal, raising Senate vote said Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to worsen despite the arrival of vaccines and urged Americans to be vigilant in the coming months.

“Experts say things will get worse, despite the vaccine,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Del. “We have a mortality rate of almost 3,000 per day. That means we’re going to lose tens of thousands of lives in the coming months, and the vaccine won’t be able to stop that. ”

“So we must remain vigilant,” he continued, urging Americans to wear masks, distance themselves socially and avoid large meetings.

In addition, Biden called on Capitol Hill Republicans and Democrats to work in a bipartisan manner. The president-elect praised lawmakers for adopting the latest coronavirus aid package this week.

“Like all compromises, it is far from perfect. But it provides vital relief at a critical time,” Biden said. “However, as I have said all along, this bill is only a first step – a down payment – to address the crisis we are in. We have a lot more work to do.”

Biden said he would present a plan to follow the country’s path to fighting the virus, saying it would need help distributing the vaccine, reopening the school, assisting front-line workers and stopping several economic consequences of the virus.

Earlier this month, Biden presented a three-pronged approach that he will take to combat the pandemic once he takes office in January. The plan included 100 million doses of vaccine in the first 100 days of his presidency, safely reopening as many schools as possible and urging Americans to wear a mask for 100 days.

Biden received the coronavirus vaccine on television on Monday.

His comments on Tuesday come a few days before the Christmas holiday, which will look drastically different from many Americans this year in the pandemic.

Biden acknowledged the adjustments he has made to his holiday season, noting that he will observe the holiday on a smaller scale.

“For Bidens, we usually have 20-25 family members at Christmas dinner, and then the immediate family, 14 of our children and grandchildren and their wives because they went downstairs on Christmas morning, but not this year.” , he said. “As we did on Thanksgiving, we all need to take enough care of each other to stay a little further apart. I know it’s hard, but we have a long way to go.”