US President-elect Joe Biden will speak Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving on the threats posed by the spread of the coronavirus.
The speech is intended to encourage Americans by highlighting how important the sacrifices they will have to make during the holidays in connection with the containment of the virus are.
Biden has promised to make the fight against the pandemic one of his priorities.
On Tuesday, the number of hospitalized patients in the country reached a record figure, exceeding 86,000. The disease has claimed more than 275,000 lives in the United States.
The average daily number of new cases is 171,000 and deaths – 1,500.
Despite appeals from health authorities, many Americans still travel the country: transport loads have reached record levels since March, although they remain lower than before the pandemic.
Biden, who plans to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Delaware, said on Tuesday that he has been able to coordinate with the Trump administration on issues related to vaccine distribution and national security.
The White House also allowed daily intelligence reports to be sent to Biden.
“Such an offer has been received,” Biden said on Tuesday. “… We will do this on a regular basis.”
Meanwhile, President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani will attend a Pennsylvania Senate Committee meeting in Gettysburg. This is one of the rare public appearances of the president since the election results were announced.
Asked about a trip to the state where Trump lost in 2020, his daughter-in-law and campaigner Lara Trump said, “I don’t know what the president himself plans to do.” The headquarters have not given any comments yet.
Biden continues to shape his future cabinet. He made it clear that he has no plans to appoint his former primary rivals, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, to any positions, noting that he needs their votes in the Senate, where the seats are almost equally distributed.
On January 5, Georgia will host a second round of Senate elections, which will determine which party will have the majority. In the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party’s preponderance in the elections declined.
“Taking someone from the Senate or the House of Representatives, especially a powerful person, is a very difficult decision,” Biden said. “I have a very ambitious and progressive agenda and will need very strong leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate to implement it.”
Trump told associates that he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to perjury to the FBI during an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.