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Covid-19 in the United States: Biden worries about a worsened toll if Trump does not cooperate

A refusal to cooperate which could have dramatic consequences. Joe Biden warned Monday of a risk of additional deaths from Covid-19 if Donald Trump and his government refuse to coordinate with the Democratic team called on to ensure the transition to the White House.

Without consultation between the two teams which must succeed each other at the head of the country, “it is possible that more people die”, warned the American president-elect, citing in particular the urgency of preparing the distribution of vaccines as soon as they are available. available.

Because the prospect of the first vaccinations by the end of the year is starting to materialize. After Pfizer / BioNTech last week, US biotech company Moderna announced on Monday that its vaccine was 94.5% effective.

The two vaccines could be authorized by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA) in the first half of December, announced Monday Moncef Slaoui, scientific manager of Operation Warp Speed, set up by Donald Trump to vaccinate the American population.

However, the lack of cooperation from his teams could delay vaccinations, as well as the rest of Biden’s plan to fight the pandemic.

“A month to a month and a half late”

“If we have to wait until January 20 (day of the inauguration of the next president, Editor’s note) to start planning, that makes us take a month, a month and a half behind,” warned the president Democrat, speaking from his stronghold in Wilmington, Delaware. “And it’s so crucial that this coordination starts now… Now or as fast as possible,” he insisted.

By refusing to acknowledge his electoral defeat and instead claiming to be the one who will preside over the United States for the next few years, Donald Trump is raising concerns and breaking with the tradition that the president-elect will be included, at least as a observer, in the major decisions of the transition period at the White House.

Robert O’Brien, the country’s national security adviser, however, has promised a smooth transition to a Biden administration. “If it is determined that the Biden / Harris ticket is the winner, and obviously it looks like it is now, we will have a very professional transition on the part of the National Security Council, there is no question about that.” , he told the Global Security Forum, a virtual conference.

Out of step with President Trump, Robert O’Brien also said that Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris had “very professional people” in their team, able to take over the reins. “They deserve to have a little time to arrive and implement their policies,” he added.

In addition to the transition and vaccines, Joe Biden, in his speech, also called for a stimulus plan to create three million jobs “well paid in manufacturing, in the construction of cars, products , technologies, which we will need in the future to be competitive against the rest of the world ”.

He also reaffirmed that big business and wealthier Americans would pay their “fair share” of taxes, and that he intended to implement a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour.

Original article by : www.leparisien.fr

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