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Biden Speaks "I’ll Ask Americans to Wear Masks for 100 Days After He Takes Office"

  • The president-elect is also expected to tap former Obama administration adviser Jeffrey Zients to oversee the coronavirus response
Biden: ‘More People May Die’ From Covid-19 Due to Delayed Transition
Biden: ‘More People May Die’ From Covid-19 Due to Delayed Transition
Biden: ‘More People May Die’ From Covid-19 Due to Delayed Transition
After meeting with labor and business leaders in mid-November, President-elect Joe Biden said that more people could die from Covid-19 if his incoming administration has to wait until Jan. 20 to plan for vaccine distribution. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press (Originally published Nov. 16, 2020)

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden said he would ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after he takes office, as he sets up his administration’s coronavirusresponse.

“I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask, just 100 days to mask, not forever,” Mr. Biden told CNN Thursday. “And I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”

Mr. Biden is also expected to tap Jeffrey Zients, a former Obama administration economic adviser, for a senior White House role overseeing the administration’s coronavirus response, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Zients is expected to work with senior officials across multiple agencies to coordinate pandemic response efforts, the people said. It couldn’t be learned when Mr. Biden would make the announcement.

Mr. Biden’s transition team declined to comment, and Mr. Zients didn’t respond to a request for comment.


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