US President-elect Joe Biden said the coronavirus pandemic is likely to get worse despite the emergence of vaccines and urged Americans to exercise caution in the coming months.
“Experts say the situation will get worse despite the vaccine,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware. – We have an average of about 3 thousand deaths a day. This means that we will lose tens of thousands more lives in the coming months, and the vaccine will not be able to stop it. “
“Therefore, we must continue to be vigilant,” he continued, urging Americans to wear masks, maintain social distance and avoid large crowds.
In addition, Biden called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to work together.
The president-elect praised lawmakers for passing a new coronavirus relief package this week.
“Like all compromises, it is far from perfect. But he gives vital help at a critical moment, Biden said. – However, as I have already said, this bill is only the first step, the first contribution to overcoming the crisis in which we find ourselves. We still have a lot of work to do. ”
Biden said he will present a plan that will chart the country’s path in the fight against coronavirus. Help will be needed to distribute vaccines, open schools, assist frontline workers, and prevent further negative economic impacts from the virus, he said.
Earlier this month, Biden unveiled a three-pronged approach to tackling the pandemic, which he intends to use after taking office in January.
The plan includes administering 100 million doses of vaccine in the first 100 days of his presidency, safely opening as many schools as possible, and asking Americans to wear a mask for 100 days.
Biden received the coronavirus vaccine on Monday.
President Donald Trump, in a tweet posted on Tuesday evening, called the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress as an inappropriate “shame” and called on lawmakers to make a number of changes, including increasing direct payments to individuals and families.
The president’s tweet, which includes a video of him discussing what he sees as flaws in the bill, appeared less than 24 hours after it was approved by the Senate.
In particular, Trump’s discontent was caused by the inclusion in the aid package of “wasteful expenses” not related to COVID-19, the payment of only $ 600 to individuals and families, as well as insufficient emergency assistance to small businesses.