Biden says he’s ‘not afraid to take the oath outside’ amid online threats, receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Monday he was ‘not afraid’ to take his ‘oath office outside’ amid online threats by extremist groups that they may attempt to disrupt his inauguration on January 20, 2021.

“I am not afraid to take the oath outside,” Biden said in brief remarks in Newark, Delaware, after receiving the second dose of his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Biden received the vaccine at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, just over 8 miles from his residence.

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On the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 by pro-Trump supporters, Biden said he wants to hold those who engaged in “sedition” accountable.

Asked if President Donald Trump had been among those engaging in sedition, Biden said: “I’ve been clear that President Trump should not be in office. Period.”

On how to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus, Biden said details of his vaccine plan would be coming on Thursday. “3 or 4 thousand people dying a day is beyond the pale,” the president-elect said.

Biden noted that a Delaware member of the House had come down with COVID after sheltering with GOP members who refused to wear masks during the riot. 

“I think it’s irresponsible. It’s not a political issue,” he said.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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