We’re at war with the virus, not each other – Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden has called for an end to the “grim season of division”, as the country faces a long, hard winter with Covid-19.

In a speech for the Thanksgiving holiday, he said Americans were at war with coronavirus, not each other.

He urged people to forgo high-risk holiday traditions, as cases of the virus continue to surge in the US.

In his speech on Wednesday, Mr Biden told the nation: “I believe you always deserve to hear the truth from your president. We have to slow the growth of this virus. We owe it to the doctors and the nurses and the frontline workers… We owe it to our fellow citizens.”

He said Covid-19 had “brought us pain and loss and frustration” and cost many lives.

“It’s divided us, angered us, set us against one another. I know the country’s grown weary of the fight, but we need to remember – we’re at war with the virus, not one another.

“We have to steel our spines, redouble our efforts and recommit ourselves to the fight.”

The president-elect urged Americans to modify their Thanksgiving celebrations. He said that instead of the usual large gathering he would be spending the holiday with just his wife Jill and their daughter and son-in-law, while the rest of the family would be in small groups.

Meanwhile President Donald Trump urged supporters to work to overturn the results of the 3 November election.

Speaking via phone from the White House to an event organised by Republican state legislators in Pennsylvania, Mr Trump repeated unsubstantiated claims about widespread electoral fraud.

“We have to turn the election over,” he said, adding that it was “rigged”.

Mr Trump had been expected to attend the event in person but the trip was cancelled after two associates of his lawyer Rudy Giuliani tested positive for the virus. Mr Giuliani attended in person.

Mr Biden won the election with a comfortable victory in electoral college votes, and the transition to his presidency is already well under way. Mr Trump’s efforts to challenge the results in key states in courts have so far failed.

On Wednesday, China’s President Xi Jinping sent a message congratulating Mr Biden, more than two weeks after his victory was projected by US media.

However, a number of world leaders have still not reached out to the president-elect, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who said on Wednesday that he would not offer congratulations until “the electoral process in the US ends”.

 

 

– BBC

About Don Saint

PR Guru / Author / Promoter / Controversial Writer / Hip Hop Artiste / Actor / Human Rights Activist. The First Nigerian Hip Hop Artiste to obtain a Masters Degree (M.A) in Arts ( Religion & Human Relations). The author of one of the most controversial books in Nigeria; "Emancipation from Masturbation". With over 12 Movies and 3 Musical albums since 2003. Former Events Manager at Silverbird’s Rhythm Fm Awka Station till 2010. For more info. Call : 08033239298.

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