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The US President-elect Joe Biden has appealed to all Americans to wear face-covering as America fight to curtail the surge of the COVID-19.
The country has passed 10 million confirmed cases according to data John Hopkins University and Biden expressed worry over “dark winter” in the US.
Addressing Americans, Mr Biden said “I implore you, wear a mask. Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbour. A mask is not a political statement. But it is a good way to start pulling the country together.
“The goal of mask-wearing is not to make your life less comfortable or to take something away from you. It is to give something back to all of us, a normal life.”
The President-elect said many lives could be saved in a country that has witnessed deep division under the presidency of Donald Trump.
He said: “It doesn’t matter who you voted for, we can save tens of thousands of lives if everyone wears a mask in the next few months.”
Since the outbreak of the virus in the US, the country has lost more than 237,000 people to the pandemic – the highest death recorded so far in the world.
Biden warned that 200,000 more Americans could die before an active COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out.
The President-elect said the country still faces an “immense” and “growing” challenge despite the news of a vaccine.
Pfizer and BioNTech have developed a vaccine which is believed to prevent people from getting the virus up to about 90%.
However, Mr Biden, though, welcomes the development, warned Americans to wear face-mask and maintain social distancing, adding that vaccine would not be widely available for many months to come.
Biden who had assured Americans of his seriousness to deal with the virus once he assumed office next year January has been briefed by his newly taskforce made up of medical experts.
The President-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were at the virtual meeting at a theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, were seen taking notes as members of the taskforce introduced themselves.
One of the main duties of the newly formed taskforce is to guide the next commander-in-chief on how to tackle the increasing confirmed cases and death as a result of COVID-19 in the country
Dr David Kessler, a former Food Drugs Administration commissioner under George H W Bush and Bill Clinton to head the taskforce, and co-chaired by Dr Vivek Murthy, a surgeon general under President Barrack Obama.
Other members of the taskforce are Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University associated professor and associate dean whose research focusses on health care equality for marginalized populations.
Rich Bright, a whistleblower demoted by Donald Trump after criticizing the President’s handling of the pandemic. He had been the head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
Biden is optimistic that the experts will “help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint”.
He pledged: “That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern. I will spare no effort – or commitment – to turn this pandemic around.”