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US President-elect Joe Biden Receives Second Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine

US President-elect Joe Biden received the second dose of the Coronavirus vaccine. After the first dose of vaccination, four weeks later he has administrated the first shot.

As per Xinhua news agency, Joe Biden injected the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Newark, Delaware. On 21st December 2020, Mr. Biden received the first dose of the Covid vaccine. He also urged the Americans to continue wearing masks as the situation is not yet completely eradicated.

Mr. Biden informed about his second dose of vaccine via Twitter- “Folks, I just received the second dose of my Covid-19 vaccine and just like the first dose, it was safe, quick, and painless. I urge everyone to get vaccinated once it’s your turn. Because only together can we save lives and beat this virus. Getting America vaccinated will be one of the greatest operational challenges we’ve ever faced, but my administration will spare no effort to get it done.”We’re going to ensure the vaccine is distributed quickly, equitably, and free of charge to every American.”

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After gaining emergency use authorization the Pfizer vaccine along with Moderna vaccine is being distributed across the country and requires two doses to be injected several weeks apart.

After winning the presidential election Joe Biden vowed to release all the COVID-19 vaccine and will be taking office on 20th January.  He also plans to get 100 million Americans vaccinated in his first 100 days in office.

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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the US distributed 25.5 million vaccine doses and administered nearly 9 million first doses.

And as the Johns Hopkins University, America is now at 22,612,384 cases and the death toll has increased to 376,051, also the highest in the world.

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‘Enormous Damage To US Security Agencies By Trump Administration’ Says Joe Biden

Joe Biden recently stated that the agencies are critical to US security which has suffered “enormous damage” at the Trump administration’s hands. Biden’s team wasn’t able to get the information it needed including from the Department of Defence, as it transitioned to power.

As per the BBC report, Mr Biden, after a briefing by the National security and foreign policy aides, spoke about the matter stating that the US security suffered heavy damage in Trump’s administration.

After his remark, Acting Defence Secretary Christopher Miller stated officials had been working with the utmost professionalism to support transition activities. “The Department of Defense has conducted 164 interviews with over 400 officials and provided over 5,000 pages of documents – for more than initially requested by Biden’s transition team,” he said after a briefing by national security and foreign policy aides.

Joe Biden also stated that his team was facing roadblocks in the Department of Defence and the Office of Management and Budget. As of now, the team is not getting any information that they should be getting from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. And the whole point is kind of irresponsibility, as depicted by Mr Biden.

The report further stated that Mr Biden’s team needed a clear picture of our force posture worldwide and that US adversaries could exploit any confusion that resulted.

Joe Biden after winning will take office on 20 January, but President Donald Trump has refused to accept defeat in November’s election. For weeks after the 3 November election, Mr Biden was blocked from receiving key intelligence briefings, an essential and normal routine part of a presidential transition.

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Twitter To Make @POTUS Account Begin With Zero Followers

Twitter will make US Presidential-elect Joe Biden’s @POTUS account and @WhiteHouse account to a fresh start from zero followers. This will be done once Mr Biden will swear in as the next US President on 20th January 2021.

Rob Flaherty, Biden’s digital director in a quote to the media report stated that the social media platforms would not be transferring the existing accounts as POTUS and @WhiteHouse followers to the new administration. Where @POTUS currently has 33.2 million followers, @TheWhiteHouse has 26 million followers on Twitter.

As per the reports, this decision taken for Mr Biden officials accounts is the complete appositive of what happened to the Trump administration time when he took over the accounts from the Obama administration.

The report stated that-  “Back then, Twitter essentially duplicated the existing accounts, creating an archive of Obama-era tweets and followers and building a new set of accounts for the incoming administration that retained all of those followers without any of the tweets.”

According to Twitter, the accounts for @VP, @FLOTUS, @PressSec, @Cabinet, and @LaCasaBlanca will also have their followers gone. The Twitter official informed that this is an ongoing discussion with the Biden transition team on several aspects related to White House account transfers.

Earlier the company informed that all existing tweets on those accounts would be archived and it will transfer the accounts — reset to zero tweets — to Biden.

Whereas Donald Trump’s @POTUS account will be renamed @POTUS45 and “frozen as-is” and he will be in control of @realDonaldTrump, although with fewer protections than before.

From 20th January onwards, Trump will lose special privileges on Twitter, and his tweets will be treated like any other user.

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US President-Elect Joe Biden Names Indian-American Vedant Patel As Assistant White House Press Secretary

US President-elect Joe Biden has named American Vedant Patel for the White House Assistant Press Secretary’s post.

Mr. Biden announced 16 additional members for the White House Communication and Press Staff, which includes Megan Apper- Director of Research, Kate Berner- Deputy Communications Director, Rosemary Boeglin-Assistant Press Secretary, Amanda Finney- Chief of Staff for the Press Office and -Mike Gwin-Special Assistant to the Press Secretary,  Director of Rapid Response, and Meghan Hays- Director of Message Planning.

Vedant Patel is born in India but raised in California, where he is graduated from the University of California and the University of Florida. He is currently the Biden inaugural senior spokesperson and was also a part of the Biden election campaign where he worked as the Regional Communications Director and as the Nevada and Western Primary-States Communications Director.

Earlier, he worked as Communications Director to Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Western Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic National Committee, and Communications Director to Congressman Mike Honda.

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According to the PTI report, Mr. Biden, after announcing the names, stated that “Restoring faith in government by speaking honestly and directly to the American people will be a hallmark of my administration. Our communications and press staff are integral to this effort and are committed to building this country back better for all Americans. I’m proud to have them serve the American people in the White House.”

 White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said, “These appointees are among a diverse and experienced team that is dedicated to rebuilding the trust of the American people amidst a pandemic and a struggling economy.”

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The Electoral College affirms President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory

President-elect Joe Biden finally won the state-by-state Electoral College Vote officially and delivered a powerful lecture to President Donald Trump’s attack on the legitimacy of his victory.

As per a Reuters report California, the most-populous U.S. state, put Biden over the 270 votes required to win the Electoral College when its 55 electors consistently cast ballots for him. After officially winning the U.S. election, Mr. Biden gave a speech saying – “In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed. Now it’s time to turn the page, as we’ve done throughout our history  to unite, to heal. The flame of democracy was lit in this nation a long time ago, We now know that not even a pandemic or an abuse of power can extinguish that flame.”

U.S. President Donald Trump alleged that the Voter was all fraud on the 3rd November election and tried to subvert the process. In 2016, Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton despite losing the national popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.

Biden then reiterated that Donald and his allies filed many legal challenges to the vote totals, including a Texas lawsuit that asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate four state’s results. Later the court rejected all the bids with no objections last week.

After Biden’s victory, Kamala Harris-the first woman, first Black person and first Asian American to become vice president-elect – will be declared in on 20th January.

(Reuters)

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Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Named Time “Person Of The Year”

US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have been chosen as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2020 for their election victory over Donald Trump.

Since 1927, Time has been conducting the year’s most influential person according to its achievements, its impact on the news, for better or worse, and its success towards the society during the calendar year.

This year the magazine cover boasts portraits of Biden, 78, and Harris, 56, with the subtitle “Changing America’s story twitted as ‘The Biden-Harris ticket represents something historic”.

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The Democratic pair defeated three other finalists: frontline healthcare workers and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the racial justice movement, and President Donald Trump, who lost the White House race. Biden beat Trump by 306 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 232.

Edward Felsenthal, Time’s editor-in-chief, wrote in his Twitter – “For changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year.”

Source – Reuters

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US President-Elect Joe Biden Vows 100m Vaccinations For US In First 100 Days

US President-elect Joe Biden has set a goal of 100 million Covid vaccinations in his first 100 days in office and said that his first month of office would not end the outbreak giving a few details on rollout strategy.

As per the reports, Mr. Biden introduces his health team when he takes office on 20th January and urges the Americans to wear the mask for 100 days. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is to be approved and rolled out for Americans soon. At the press conference in Delaware, Mr. Biden said that his first 100 days will not ultimately end the Coronavirus and that this situation of the pandemic will not go that easily.

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“My first 100 days won’t end the Covid-19 virus. I can’t promise that. But we did not get into this mess quickly. We’re not going to get out of it quickly. 100 days we can change the course of the disease and change life in America for the better,” he said at the conference. 

Further, he warned that COVID-19 efforts could slow and stall if Congress did not conclude bipartisan talks and urgently come up with funding. The first priority for him will be getting back children to school. He also gave some information about the most extensive vaccination program in US history.

Mr. Biden also mentioned that the Trump administration had not given him any rollout plans.

Source- Reuters

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US President-Elect Joe Biden Picks General Lloyd Austin As His Defence Secretary

US President-elect Joe Biden chose retired General Lloyd Austin as his defence secretary. As per the US media report, Gen Austin, who is 67years old, will become the first African-American to lead the Pentagon.

The BBC reports stated that Gen Austin has already led US Central Command during the Obama administration, which would need a congressional wavier as it is less than seven years since he retired. After the announcement of other senior members for his national security team, Mr. Biden reported this decision to the press.

The report further stated that Mr. Biden and Gen Austin had made no public comments on the issue. But earlier media reports suggested that the Democratic president-elect would nominate veteran Pentagon official Michèle Flournoy for the job and that she would have been the first woman to hold the position.

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Gen Austin had once been viewed as a long-shot candidate – but that in recent days he had emerged as a top-tier contender and a safe choice and that his emergence as a potential choice came amid growing calls from national civil rights organizations and Democratic Asian, Black, and Latino caucuses to ensure that Mr. Biden nominated minorities and women to senior cabinet posts.

According to CBS, Gen Austin faces a couple of hurdles, including his position in recent years as a member of the board of directors of defense contractor Raytheon.

Source- BBC

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