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Joe Biden warned on Tuesday that the darkest days of the pandemic “are upon us” in the country, and that the start of the vaccination campaign will not prevent “tens of thousands” more people from dying from COVID-19.
“Our darkest days in the battle against covid are yet to come, we have not left them behind. As frustrating as it is to hear, we are going to need patience, persistence and determination to defeat this virus,” Biden said at a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware.
In that sense, the former vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017) warned: “Experts say that things will get worse before they get better.”
Three days before Christmas, when Americans are preparing for an uncharacteristic holiday season because of radical quarantines imposed in several states, Biden said he has “absolute confidence in the vaccine, but supplies are low,” despite the fact that the country has contracted to buy enough vaccine for three times the U.S. population.
“We are going to lose tens of thousands of lives in the next few months and the vaccine is not going to be able to stop that,” he said.
Biden called for continuing isolation policies, even though states like New York and California, which have the strictest closures, have some of the worst performance in terms of deaths and also unemployment thanks to the policies implemented by the Democratic governors.
“Early next year I will present Congress with my plan for the next (step),” stated the president-elect, who recalled that the distribution of the vaccines will cost billions of dollars.
In addition, “we must take care of those people who through no fault of their own are unemployed,” he warned.
This week the U.S. began to administer the Moderna biotechnology vaccine, the second to receive emergency approval in the country, after the Pfizer serum, which U.S. health professionals began to receive last week.
Biden was vaccinated with the Pfizer serum on Monday in front of television cameras in an attempt to dispel doubts among Americans about the safety of immunization.
Over the past year, President Donald Trump has asked Americans for confidence and strength to deal with the virus, but Joe Biden has taken the opposite course and appealed to fear in fighting the pandemic.