WASHINGTON – US President-elect Joe Biden has said the fight against COVID-19 is “like a war that needs a commander in chief.”
During a virtual roundtable with medical professionals, whom he named heroes in the fight against coronavirus, Biden predicted: “I will make mistakes. But I promise you that I will recognize them and take responsibility. “
Biden said that after taking office, he will urge state governors to introduce mandatory masking, as well as testing, contact tracing and social distancing.
“I will use the defense spending law. I will use my high rostrum, ”said the President-elect. “The president’s words matter.”
Biden also said there must be a way to get the kids back to school or they’ll be left behind by missing so many classes due to the pandemic.
A nationwide hospital crisis looms as COVID-19 cases rise in all 50 states ahead of Thanksgiving, when millions of Americans hit the road to reunite with their families.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 11.4 million people in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus, 250 thousand have died from COVID-19.
In the meantime, President Donald Trump continues to block the transfer of power to his rival Democrat, not allowing Biden to read the daily report on the assessment of the situation in problem regions of the world, which is being prepared for the president by the American intelligence services.
Biden’s team also denied access to numerous government offices.
Trump had no public events on Wednesday. He remained in the White House, from where he tweeted that he won the election, claiming that the voting results in the key states where Biden had won were rigged.
In one of his tweets, he said: “I won the election. Electoral fraud all over the country! “
Trump spokeswoman Kaylee McEnani, speaking on Fox & Friends, said: “The President has said that he is always ready for a peaceful transfer of power if the facts prove necessary. But the president believes, and many others agree with him, that if you count all the legally cast votes, he will remain president. He is in charge of litigation, but the president always wants what is most in the interests of our country. “
The counting of votes in many of the contested states is in its final stages, but all major American media have declared Biden the winner, claiming that he secured well over 270 votes in the 538 electoral college to qualify for a four-year White House term.