Joe Biden warns 'more may die' if Trump doesn't start talking to him about Covid
Joe Biden has warned that ‘more people may die’ if Donald Trump doesn’t start cooperating with him on coronavirus. President-elect Biden told journalists in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday: ‘More people may die if we don’t coordinate.
‘As my chief of staff Ron Klain would say, a vaccine is important, it’s of little use until you’re vaccinated.
‘How do we get over 300m American’s vaccinated – what’s the game plan? it’s a huge undertaking, to get it done, prioritize those in need…’
He spoke hours after a second Covid vaccine manufacturer – Moderna – revealed its prototype coronavirus vaccine was 94.5% effective at preventing infection.
Last week, Pfizer said its jab was 90% effective, although the Moderna alternative does not need to be stored at the same extreme low temperatures, making it easier to distribute.
More than 11.1million Americans have been infected with Covid, with close to 247,000 killed as the United States experiences a huge third wave of diagnoses.
Biden, who has been snubbed by President Trump in his efforts to begin the transition process ahead of his inauguration program, added: ‘(The Trump Administration) say they have this warp speed program.
‘If if we have to wait until January 20 to start that planning, it puts behind, a month, a month and a half. It’s important that there be cooperation, now or as rapidly as that can be done us a month, a month and a half behind.’
But President-elect Biden insisted Trump’s refusal to concede the election would not hinder his ability to hit the ground running when he begins his term next year.
He said Trump’s behavior was ‘more embarrassing for the country than debilitating to my ability to get started.’
Biden took to the stage to reveal his plans to revive the US economy on Tuesday, and said he would help create ‘union’ jobs for Americans.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also made her first speech since the day the result was announced, echoing Biden’s plans to try and save lives while protecting jobs.
President Trump acknowledged Biden’s win for the first time on Sunday – only to withdraw it shortly after, and continue to insist that he has won the election.
White House aides say President Trump has privately acknowledged his loss, but that he wants to save face with his supporters.
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