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Joe Biden foresees more deaths from Covid-19 if Donald Trump continues to block the transition


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 – 08:57

“More people could die if we don’t coordinate,” warned the president-elect when asked what the greatest threat is derived from Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his victory.

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The president elect of the USA, Joe Biden.
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The president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, warned on Monday that President Donald Trump’s blockade of the transition could have lethal consequences, predicting more deaths from Covid-19 if his teams do not coordinate to contain the pandemic and distribute effectively a vaccine.

“More people could die if we don’t coordinate”, Biden warned when asked what is the greatest threat derived from Trump’s refusal to recognize his victory in the elections, during a press conference in Wilmington (Delaware).

POSSIBLE LETHAL CONSEQUENCES

Hours after the Moderna pharmacy announced the effectiveness of its possible vaccine against covid-19, the second candidate – along with Pfizer’s – that is approaching approval, Biden recalled that not only would it be enough to get that product, but that a solid plan is needed to vaccinate the entire United States.

“(The White House) says they have a program that not only addresses how to get vaccines, but how to distribute them. If we have to wait until January 20 to get that plan, that is a delay of a month, or a month and a half,” Biden explained, referring to the date he would assume power.

The former vice president was thus more frustrated than last week regarding the Trump blockade, which refuses to acknowledge his victory and has caused an unprecedented situation in which the president-elect does not have access to the information and resources of federal agencies.

“I hope the president will be slightly wiser before we get to January,” said Biden, who insisted however that Trump’s obstruction is not as “debilitating” as it seems for his preparation as president-elect.

TRUMP DOES NOT MOVE FROM HIS BOX

Meanwhile, Trump gave no sign of being willing to change his position, and again proclaimed on Twitter that he had “won” the election despite the fact that Biden has far exceeded the 270 votes he needs in the Electoral College to prevail, according to the projections of the main media.

The president also questioned the validity of the manual count that takes place in the state of Georgia, where Biden won by just 14,000 votes, despite the fact that the Republican campaign itself requested that this procedure be implemented to confirm the result.

The president’s own environment privately recognizes the futility of his legal strategy, that to be successful he will have to demonstrate in court a massive fraud not only in one, but in multiple key states, something extremely unlikely.

And while more and more Republicans are declaring that Biden should have access to intelligence information, Trump’s own national security adviser in the White House, Robert O’Brien, hinted that he is aware of defeat.

“If the Biden-Harris duo is determined to be the winner – obviously things look like this now – we will have a very professional transition on the National Security Council,” O’Brien said yesterday during an appearance before the Security Forum. Global.

BIDEN ASKS TO ACT URGENTLY

Apart from his comments on the transition, Biden warned that the rebound in the pandemic in the United States is very serious and the country awaits “a very dark winter” in terms of the incidence of Covid-19, which, in addition to public health, it may affect your financial recovery.

The president-elect insisted that the economic impact of the pandemic could cause many more businesses to close in the coming months, and urged Congress to approve a new stimulus package like the one the Lower House approved six months ago, valued at 3 billion of dollars.

“The idea that the president (Trump) continues to play golf and does nothing about it seems incomprehensible to me; at least you’d think he’d want to walk away with positive news, “Biden said.

Republicans, who are allies of Trump and who control the Senate, refuse to consider the financial package approved by the Democrats in the Lower House and insist that the cost of such legislation must be lower, about 500,000 million.

Biden and his future vice president, Kamala Harris, met Monday with the presidents of large American companies –General Motors, Microsoft, Target y Gap– and the leaders of various unions -AFL-CIO, SEIU, UAW, UFCW and AFSCME- and the president-elect left the meeting with optimism.

“It was really encouraging to see how employers and unions agreed on the path we have to follow” for economic recovery, said the Democrat.

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