Biden Warns Americans That 'Darkest Days' Of COVID-19 Pandemic Are Still To Come
President-elect Joe Biden warned Americans Tuesday to prepare for the "darkest days" of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said are still to come.
"One thing I promise you about my leadership in this crisis: I will tell you directly. I will tell you the truth. And here is the simple truth: Our darkest days in the fight against COVID are ahead, not behind us" Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, ahead of the Christmas break.
Acknowledging the difficulty of spending vacations away from loved ones, Biden urged Americans to still “take care of one another” enough to remain aloof “just a little longer”.
"We have to prepare to steel our spines," he said. "As frustrating as it is to hear, it will take patience, perseverance and determination to defeat this virus. No time will be wasted taking the steps we need to take to reverse this crisis."
78-year-old Biden received a first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine on Monday.
In his remarks, he said he had "absolute confidence" in the COVID-19 vaccine and believed it would play a vital role in fighting the pandemic. However, he warned: "We are in short supply. Putting the vaccination from a vial in the arms of millions of Americans is one of the greatest operational challenges the US has ever faced."
Biden also commended the House and Senate for passing a $ 900 billion pandemic relief package this week. However, the legislation is "far from perfect," he said, promising to push for a more substantial package once he is president.
More than 18 million people in the United States have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Of that number, more than 322,000 have died.
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