Biden To Address Nation On Anticipated Post-Holiday COVID Surge

US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020. - US President-elect Joe Biden introduced November 24, 2020 a seasoned national security team he ... US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020. - US President-elect Joe Biden introduced November 24, 2020 a seasoned national security team he said was prepared to resume US leadership of the world after the departure of President Donald Trump. "It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure," Biden said, introducing his picks for secretary of state, national security advisor, intelligence chief, and other key cabinet jobs"It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," Biden said. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 29, 2020 8:36 a.m.
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President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an address on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic from Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, transition officials have said. 

Axios reported early Tuesday that the President-elect will likely use the remarks to reinforce warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week that suggested a surge in coronavirus infections and related deaths is anticipated in the coming weeks. The agency has forecasted 16,400 to 27,600 new deaths likely to be reported by mid-January, amid increased indoor gatherings and an uptick in holiday air travel that reached its highest levels  on Sunday since the early days of the pandemic in March.

Per Axios, Biden will also admonish the Trump administration for failing to meet its vaccine distribution pledge after recent reports suggested that Operation Warp Speed is lagging behind its initial goal

Biden, who has said he has plans to administer 100 million doses of the vaccine during his first 100 days in office, will also likely discuss how he will roll out his inoculation program, which is expected to make use of the Defense Production Act

Biden’s effort ahead of his inauguration to address the nation on the pandemic’s dire turn comes as President Donald Trump has remained largely silent since last month’s election about the public health crisis that has now killed more than 335,000 people in the United States.

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