Coronavirus: Biden says US ‘under threat,’ mulls nationwide mandate on facemasks

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US President-elect Joe Biden implored Americans to wear a facemask and urged putting aside the politicization of the matter after he announced a coronavirus advisory board.

“We are Americans, and our country is under threat,” Biden said in a televised speech, as he revealed plans to push for the mandatory use of facemasks as the United States continues to be battered by the pandemic.

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Biden welcomed Monday news of Pfizer announcing that its vaccine was more than 90 percent effective. But he warned that the US was “facing a very dark winter” regarding the coronavirus.

He said wearing a facemask could save “thousands of lives.”

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