In his latest speech, president-elect Joe Biden spoke about what he believes to be the "most important weapon" in the fight against coronavirus.
Here's what we know so far...
The race for the White House concluded over the weekend...And Joe Biden was ultimately projected to be the forty-sixth president of the United States.
Though he didn't win by a landslide, his victory was a historic one.Biden won over seventy-four million votes - more than any other president in American history - exceeding the previous record President Barack Obama set in 2008.
He won with at least 50.5% of the popular vote...An accomplishment current POTUS, Donald Trump, didn't quite manage in his 2016 win when he received just 46.4% of the popular vote.
Biden's win has made history in other ways, too.
His vice president, Kamala Harris, will be the first woman to hold the office, and will also be the nation’s first Black and South Asian person to take on the role.
BREAKING: Kamala Harris will make history as the first female, first Black and first Asian American to be U.S. vice… https://t.co/kcvih20FCP— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1604767250.0
Biden spoke out shortly after he was declared victorious.
He tweeted that he is "honored" America has chosen him as a leader. "America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans - whether you voted for me or not."
America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I p… https://t.co/iUORklENs0— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1604767962.0
Former POTUS and close friend of Biden's, Barack Obama, also offered his congratulations.
In a statement, Obama detailed his pride in Biden and Harris' historic win, before noting that "our democracy needs all of us more than ever."
Congratulations to my friends, @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris — our next President and Vice President of the United St… https://t.co/ln4G2r6804— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1604772202.0
Now, In the days following his win, Biden has hit the ground running.
He firstly hired "agency review teams" to consider how he wants to run the country.Sky News: "Across the board, we will continue laying the foundation for the incoming Biden-Harris administration to successfully restore faith and trust in our institutions and lead the federal government."
But it seems that the coronavirus pandemic will be their number one priority.
Yesterday, Biden addressed the nation in his first coronavirus briefing.There, he named a thirteen-member task force to help combat the coronavirus as the nation surpassed ten million cases, all while stressing the importance of solidarity. "It doesn't matter who you voted for. We are Americans and our country is under threat."
He reiterated our country's powerful history with facing crises...And urged Americans far and wide to "put aside their differences" to fight this crisis.
Already, people are noting the refreshing difference in Biden's leadership.
@nytimes How refreshing to have a President again. We’ve gone a very long 4 years without one. Without a leader who… https://t.co/Nd5zEA7P2Q— nanak (@nanak)1604948624.0
@nytimes its been a long time i heard a president talk like him..making his people proud again of themselves, think… https://t.co/mEERVLLgXg— valteo (@valteo)1604948170.0
@nytimes Such a sane president with encouraging words!!!— Jay Brown (@Jay Brown)1604947566.0
@nytimes Spoken like a qualified President of the United States.— R. Brenton (@R. Brenton)1604947566.0
So glad to hear President-Elect @JoeBiden say that he will name a #coronavirus transition team Monday, led by the o… https://t.co/IcPwhsEign— Leana Wen, M.D. (@Leana Wen, M.D.)1604800479.0
@cnni Finally someone ready to lead this country!🙏👏👏👏— Cheryl Fersner Gonzalez (@Cheryl Fersner Gonzalez)1604805092.0
@cnni He has already shown what an amazing leader he will be.— Lynn (@Lynn)1604872358.0
@CNN Thank you for facing reality! Our future looks promising...— RosiD (@RosiD)1604793717.0
@CNN Sensible news from the US. Love to see it again.— New Roman (@New Roman)1604793867.0
And, during his speech...He implored American's far and wide to all continue wearing face masks.
Biden believes that, while we're still searching for a vaccine, face masks are the "most effective" means of combating the virus."The single most effective thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID is wearing a mask. The head of the CDC warned this fall & for the foreseeable future, a mask remains the most potent weapon against the virus," he stated.
He continued:"My message today to everyone is this: it doesn’t matter who you voted for, or where you stood before election day, it doesn’t matter your party or point of view. We can save tens of thousands of lives if we wear a mask for the next few months."
"A mask is not a political statement."
You can watch his speech above. For more on the elections, keep scrolling...
On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden named a 13-member task force to help combat the coronavirus as the nation surp… https://t.co/FYMEH6j9Gl— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1604947512.0