As the country grapples with the twin crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy it has ravaged, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will speak this afternoon about their plans long term to oversee the recovery.
Mr Biden’s remarks, delivered with Ms Harris of Wilmington, Del., Will come as the pandemic soars to new heights in the United States, but early data shows hope for an effective coronavirus vaccine. Mr Biden’s pick for White House chief of staff Ron Klain on Sunday told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the top science advisers on his team would begin consultations with drug company officials this week. .
Mr Klain also said Mr Biden spoke with President Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, on Friday about the need for urgent action on a coronavirus relief bill. . Mr. Biden has yet to speak with Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, Mr. Klain said.
Much of what Mr Biden could accomplish will depend on the January runoff election in Georgia, which will determine control of the Senate. Two Democratic challengers – Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock – seek to overthrow Republicans. Mr Klain hinted that Mr Biden would likely campaign in Georgia.
Regardless of the outcome of those races, Mr Klain, a veteran Democrat, said Mr Biden already plans to quickly join the Paris climate accord, to protect young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. and act on health care.
“We have a loaded and loaded day 1 in all scenarios here,” he said.