Joe Biden “implores” Americans to wear masks to protect themselves from Covid-19

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, in Wilmington, November 9.

The President-elect of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden, set to work on Monday, November 9, to organize his future assumption of office around his number one priority: the fight against the pandemic. He thus ignores Donald Trump, the outgoing president, who still refuses to admit his defeat.

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Wearing a mask “Is not a political posture”, asserted Monday Joe Biden, who “Implored” Americans to protect themselves and others from the novel coronavirus. “Please I implore you to wear a mask”, he said during remarks in Wilmington, Delaware. “Do it for yourself, for your neighbor; the mask is not a political posture, but it is a good way to start bringing the country together. “

Joe Biden also recalled that, “Immediately”, the mask remained “A more effective weapon against the virus than the vaccine”. “The purpose of the mask is not to make your life less comfortable or to take something away from you”, launched the Democrat, as many supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump believe that the requirement to wear a mask violates their constitutional rights. It is, on the contrary, “Return to a normal situation as quickly as possible”, he pleaded.

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  • Establishment of a crisis unit against Covid-19

As expected, the very first act of the Democrat’s transition was to set up a crisis unit to try to curb the Covid-19 pandemic in his country, by far the most affected on the planet. This cell, made up of scientists and experts, is tasked from Monday to build a “Plan which will come into force from January 20, 2021”, the day of his inauguration. Joe Biden thus takes the opposite view of his rival Donald Trump, who has always minimized the pandemic.

Mr Biden also welcomed the announcement by Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories of a vaccine “90% effective” against Covid-19: “I congratulate the talented women and men who helped make this breakthrough and give us so much to be hoped for. “ “At the same time, it is important to realize that it will take months before the battle against Covid-19 ends”, he warned, however, with the caution that characterizes him.

Accompanied by his future vice-president, Kamala Harris, he must also speak Monday morning from his city of Wilmington, Delaware, about the roadmap he intends to follow upon entering the White House (scheduled for January 20) to get the country out of the health and economic crisis in which it finds itself

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  • Ten million cases detected in the United States

It only took ten days for the country most bereaved in the world by Covid-19 to drop from 9 to 10 million confirmed cases, after recording several records for new daily infections last week. The United States crossed the threshold of 10 million detected cases of contamination with the new coronavirus on Monday since the start of the pandemic, according to the count from Johns-Hopkins University, which refers.

According to figures from Johns-Hopkins, the United States has recorded more than 100,000 positive cases over twenty-four hours in the past four days, with a peak of 127,000 between Thursday and Friday. With more than 237,000 dead, the world’s leading power has paid the heaviest human price for the pandemic, accounting alone (with its 10 million cases) for nearly a fifth of the total number of infections recorded across the world since the appearance of the virus in China at the end of 2019.

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  • Donald Trump still does not admit defeat

Donald Trump, whose agenda was, in a striking mirror effect, completely empty for the sixth consecutive day, also greeted a ” excellent news “ after the announcement of Pfizer Laboratories on the vaccine. “The stock market is on the rise”, he also welcomed in a Tweet in capital letters.

The Republican billionaire still refuses to admit he lost. Without speaking in public since Saturday, he promised, by press release and on Twitter, to multiply legal actions as of Monday, arguing to “Frauds” elections for which he still has not provided evidence.

The chances of succeeding in legal actions initiated by Mr. Trump appear very slim for the moment: it would indeed be necessary to find convincing arguments to invalidate tens of thousands of votes not in one State, but in four or five of them. between them – something his side has so far failed to do.

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  • Donald Trump sacks the Minister of Defense

Donald Trump announced on Monday the widely awaited dismissal of his defense minister, Mark Esper, who will be replaced by the director of the national counterterrorism center, Christopher Miller. “Chris is going to do a GREAT job! Mark Esper is sacked. I thank him for his work ”, the US president unceremoniously tweeted:

Relations between the hot seventy-year-old president and technocrat Mark Esper, 56, had been strained since the Pentagon chief publicly opposed, in June, the deployment of the army to quell anti-racist protests in the country. Since that date, Mr. Esper’s loss of influence had become palpable and he had disappeared from the screens, no longer giving interviews and giving only pre-prepared speeches.

Christopher Miller becomes acting minister until January 20, 2021. He is technically Donald Trump’s fifth Pentagon chief, after former Marine General Jim Mattis, Boeing engineer Patrick Shanahan and Navy Chief Richard Spencer , who had to take the reins briefly while awaiting confirmation by the Senate, in July 2019, of Mr. Esper.

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