Joe Biden Warns of ‘Very Dark Winter’ as COVID-19 Infections Skyrocket
President-Elect Joe Biden on Monday warned the American people of a ‘very dark winter’ ahead after his first briefing with his COVID-19 task force, which he lauded as “built on a bedrock of science” with “compassion and empathy at its core.”
Unlike his soon-to-be-predecessor, Biden respects the gravity of the coronavirus crisis.
“The challenge before us right now is still immense and growing, and although we are not in office yet, I’m just laying out what we expect to do and hope can be done, some of it between now and the time we’re sworn in,” said Biden. “So the purpose right now is to let you know what we’re gonna do once sworn in.”
Coronavirus infections across the country have soared to more than 100,000 per day and nearly 240,000 Americans have died.
Biden emphasized the “need for bold action to fight this pandemic,” which is now in it’s 10th month in the United States.
“We’re still facing a very dark winter,” Biden continued. “There are now nearly 10 million coronavirus cases in the United States, and last week we topped 120,000 new cases on multiple successive days. Infection rates are going up; hospitalizations are going up; deaths are going up. This crisis claimed nearly 1,000 American lives a day, and nearly 240,000 deaths so far.”
But despite pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s announcement of a potentially imminent and promising COVID-19 vaccine, Biden stressed that tens of thousands of lives would be saved if everyone wore a mask.
“The projections still indicate we could lose 200,000 more lives in the coming months before a vaccine can be made widely available. So, we can’t forego the important work that needs to be done between now and then to get our country through the worst wave yet in this pandemic,” Biden said.
“It doesn’t matter who you voted for, where you stood before election day,” the president-elect added. “We can save tens of thousands of lives if we just wear a mask. It’s to give something back to all of us, a normal way of life. Wearing a mask seems like a small act … But throughout our history, and the history of our nation, we’ve seen how small acts add up to enormous achievements.”
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Seventy-two days until the inauguration.