Biden warns of increased risk of death if Trump refuses coordination

US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday warned of the risk of additional COVID-19 deaths if Donald Trump and his government refuse to coordinate with the Democratic team called on to transition to the White House.

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Without consultation between the two teams succeeding the US executive, “it is possible that more people die”, warned Mr. Biden, citing in particular the urgency to prepare the distribution of vaccines as soon as they are available.

“If we have to wait until January 20 (the day of the inauguration of the next president, editor’s note) to start planning, that makes us take a month, a month and a half behind,” assured Mr. Biden, speaking from his home base in Wilmington, Delaware.

“And it’s so crucial that this coordination starts now … Now or as fast as possible,” he insisted.

By refusing to acknowledge his electoral defeat and instead claiming to be the one who will preside over the United States for the next few years, Donald Trump is raising concerns and breaking with the tradition that the president-elect is to be included, at least as a observer, in the major decisions of the transition period at the White House.

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