Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to get her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday and President-elect Joe Biden will deliver an address on the ongoing pandemic, as the incoming administration prepares to make the coronavirus its top priority.
Harris’ vaccination comes a little over one week after Biden received his first dose of the vaccine live on television.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, had been recommending Biden and Harris to get vaccinated as soon as possible for national security reasons.
Biden’s remarks on the ongoing Covid crisis will come on the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision on Sunday night to sign the $2.3 trillion government funding and coronavirus relief package, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown.
Biden criticized Trump over the weekend for holding out on signing the bill, calling it an “abdication of responsibility.”
Biden’s remarks on Covid on Tuesay also come as Capitol Hill grapples with whether to increase the coronavirus stimulus checks to $2,000, as Trump has been pushing for.
The Democratic-controlled House narrowly passed a bill Monday evening to increase direct coronavirus relief payments, although the measure faces an uphill battle in the Republican-run Senate.
Biden on Monday said that he supported increasing the direct payments to $2,000.