President-elect Joe Biden held his first policy speech on Monday, focusing on the coronavirus pandemic.

In the speech, he implored Americans to wear masks due to fears that an additional 200,000 people could die in the country from the virus.

The speech came after Biden praised scientists working on Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, which was shown to be 90-per-cent effective, but warned the injection would not be available for months yet.

On Monday, the drug manufacturer Pfizer announced that its experimental coronavirus vaccine, among several in trial phases, is “90 per cent effective.”

The president-elect hailed the discovery but warned that Americans must continue to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and wear masks to combat the spread of the disease.

“Today’s news is great news, but it doesn’t change that fact,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a former official in the Donald Trump’s administration has joined Joe Biden’s Covid-19 task force, months after he blew the whistle on his old boss’ handling of the pandemic.

The president-elect and vice president-elect Kamala Harris are expected to receive a briefing from the coronavirus transition advisory team on Monday, followed by remarks from Mr Biden about his incoming administration’s plans to tackle the growing public health crisis.


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