President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday urged Americans to recommit to fighting the deadly coronavirus pandemic in a Thanksgiving address ahead of the holiday.
“I know the country’s grown weary of the fight. But we need to remember, we’re at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other. This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts and recommit ourselves to the fight,” Biden said, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware. “Let’s remember: We’re all in this together.”
The Thanksgiving holiday comes as coronavirus cases spike nationwide, bringing the total of deaths in the US up to nearly 260,000 as of Wednesday, and as a fresh wave of public health restrictions have been put in place to control the spread of the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended last week that Americans do not travel for Thanksgiving, and the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, asked Americans to keep their indoor holiday gatherings as “small as you possibly can.”
Biden said at a news conference last week that his family was scaling back their typically large Thanksgiving gathering and following the guidelines put forward by health experts who say there should be no more than 10 people in a room. He said those attending would be tested for the virus within 24 hours of getting together.
Biden, who was projected to win the presidential election more than two weeks ago, was informed on Tuesday by the General Services Administration that the Trump administration was ready to begin the formal transition process. Trump has so far refused to concede the election that Biden won decisively, and his administration had until this week held up the transition process as the President continued to make false claims about election rigging and widespread voter fraud.
Despite the roadblocks put up by the Trump administration, Biden’s team has moved ahead announcing with top appointments and nominations for the President-elect’s administration. On Tuesday, Biden introduced several key members of his foreign policy and national security teams at an event in Wilmington, Delaware, and each of the six nominees and appointees delivered remarks.