Washington- Tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, economic crisis, systemic racism and climate change are the top priorities for the Biden administration, according to his transition team, as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris gear up for building back everything “better than ever”.
Following a tense week of vote tallying, Democratic presidential candidate Biden, 77, on Saturday won the state of Pennsylvania and vaulted ahead in the race to become the next president of the United States. Biden’s win in the key battleground state put him over the threshold of 270 electoral votes, cutting off all avenues for his opponent, incumbent Republican President Donald Trump.
As Biden’s Vice-President, Harris, 56, will make history in myriad ways, becoming the first woman – and the first woman of colour – to occupy the office. The Biden team updated its website to showcase four policy areas the incoming administration will prioritise: Covid-19, economic recovery, racial equity and climate change.”We aren’t just going to rebuild what has worked in the past. This is our opportunity to build back better than ever,” said the Biden-Harris transition team
Good-paying jobs also on the list
President-elect Joe Biden has a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs, make it easier for workers to organise unions and collectively bargain, and to give America’s working families the tools, choices and freedom they need to build back better.
Beijing, Russia hold back on congratulating prez-elect
China and Russia held off congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday, with Beijing saying it will follow usual custom in its response and the Kremlin noting incumbent Donald Trump’s vow to pursue legal challenges. Trump has not conceded defeat and plans to rally.
Merkel: EU, US must work side by side on countering terrorism
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and called for the EU and the US to work “side by side” to tackle the pandemic, global warming, terrorism, but also acknowledged the EU must do more to take care of its own security. Merkel held up Biden as an experienced leader
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