US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday (local time) said the US is on track to begin immunisation against the COVID-19 by late December-early January next year as there have been “significant record-breaking progress” in developing a vaccine.
“There’s been significant record-breaking progress made recently in developing a vaccine and several of these vaccines look extraordinarily effective. It happens to be on track for the first immunisation to begin by late December-early January,” Biden said at Delaware on the occasion of Thanksgiving.
He added that there will be a need to put in place a distribution plan to get the entire country immunised as soon as possible “which we will do, but it’s going to take time.”
“I hope with the news of the vaccine will serve as an incentive to every American to take the simple steps to get control of the virus,” the President-elect said.
Biden said that the American people are at war against the virus that originated from Wuhan and not with one another.
“We have fought a war with this virus (COVID-19), which has brought us pain, loss and frustration; it has cost so many lives. I know the country is growing weary of the fight but we need to remember that we are at war with the virus; not with each other,” Biden said at a briefing.
“This is the moment where we need to steel our spines, redouble our efforts, and recommit ourselves to the fight. Let’s remember that we are all in this together. We still have months of this battle ahead of us,” he added.
As the US celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, along with Christmas in December, Biden acknowledged that it was going to be a difficult time for the American people who have lost a loved one due to the coronavirus pandemic.