Biden made it clear in his first appearance as president-elect: Tackling the coronavirus pandemic will be his number one priority. “Folks, our work begins with getting COVID under control,” Biden said in his victory speech Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware. “We cannot repair the economy, restore our vitality or relish life’s most precious moments, hugging our grandchildren, our children, our birthdays, weddings, graduations, all the moments that matter most to us, until we get it under control.” The president-elect promised an “action blueprint,” to be implemented as soon as he takes office on January 20, 2021. “That plan will be built on bedrock science,” Biden added. “It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern.” Experts were relieved to hear that the future US president looks to be open to advice from scientists and medical professionals. “I’m very hopeful and optimistic that the Biden-Harris administration will finally mount a federal response that is grounded in science,” Ashwin Vasan, a doctor and assistant professor at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, told DW. “I’m a doctor, a public health scientist and an epidemiologist, so obviously I’m thrilled that [Biden] plans to put people with that experience at the center… Read full this story
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