New York Correspondent
Joe Biden he will encounter a huge health and economic crisis when he is sworn in as president of the United States on January 20. The Covid-19 pandemic has already accumulated more than 14 million cases and is close to 280,000 deaths. The medical authorities assure that, after the Thanksgiving celebration, in the middle of winter, and with the Christmas holidays ahead, the worst is yet to come. The forecast is that by February 450,000 deaths could be reached. Biden will bet from day one to demand the use of the mask from all Americans for a hundred days, in which it will be one of his first measures as soon as he enters the door of the White House.
«Only one hundred days“, He said this Thursday night on CNN, in the first interview he has offered since his electoral victory on November 3. It’s not forever, a hundred days. And I think we will see a great reduction, “he added about the impact of the pandemic.
The president-elect also announced that, as expected, he will have Anthony Fauci in his Administration. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has starred in several clashes with Donald Trump during the crisis. The president has criticized the main authority of his Government on coronavirus and has ignored many of its recommendations, although he has not taken the step of firing him. Fauci has held the same post since the Ronald Reagan administration.
“I have asked him to stay in the same position he has held with the past presidents,” Biden said of Fauci, “and I have asked him to be my main medical advisor, as well as part of the Covid task force.”
Biden, who appeared alongside the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, insisted, as he has done in recent days, on pressuring Republicans and Democrats in Congress to approve a new economic rescue package for Covid-19. “It should be approved,” he said about a proposal of just over 900,000 million dollars raised by a group of centrist senators from both parties and that has gained weight in recent hours. But Biden acknowledged that such stimulus will only be a “beginning” and that You will need to “ask for more help” when you get to the White House.
Both Biden and Harris said they would get the covid vaccine as soon as Fauci determines it is safe. Those from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna could be approved by the FDA in the middle of the month and start to be administered immediately. Three former presidents – Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – have also said they will wear it publicly to promote vaccination. 42% of Americans are not in favor of its use, according to a Gallup poll.
Bid for 2024
Politically, the president-elect downplayed the possibility that Trump decides not to appear at the oath of office on Capitol Hill. The US president continues to launch accusations – without consistent evidence – of massive fraud and electoral theft and it is rumored that that same day he could launch his candidacy for the 2024 elections. He himself has slipped the possibility.
Biden assured that his absence would not affect him “personally”, but that if Trump concedes defeat and goes to the inauguration it would be a good thing for the country, which lives broken by polarization. “It would be important that we could demonstrate at the end of this chaos that he has created that there is a peaceful transfer of power between opposing parties, shake hands and move on.”
On the possibility of Trump signing presidential pardons to his inner circle and himself, Biden said it is something that worries him “because of the precedent it sets.” But he assured that any potential legal action against Trump will not come from him, but from the Department of Justice, which will act independently.
“We will not tell the Justice Department how to do its job,” said Harris, who was a California attorney general before becoming a senator or vice presidential candidate. “Any decision of the Department of Justice will be based on facts, on the law. It will not be influenced by politics, period.