WILMINGTON, Del. (NewsNation Now) — President-elect Joe Biden delivered an address on the day before Thanksgiving, highlighting the challenges Americans face this holiday as public health officials urge against travel and large gatherings.
Biden’s speech from Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday is meant to encourage Americans and focus on the sacrifices they are making during the holiday season, his office said.
It comes as the U.S. leads the world’s tally of coronavirus cases, nearing 12.6 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll across the country is approaching 260,000, and millions are still traveling for the holiday despite calls to stay home and not gather outside households.
Since Saturday, almost 4 million people have passed through airport screenings, according to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Biden plans to spend Thanksgiving at his Delaware home with a few family members. The president-elect began the formal transition process to the White House this week after receiving the official green light.
He confirmed Tuesday that his team has been able to coordinate with the Trump administration on the pandemic, vaccine distribution and national security. The White House also gave the go-ahead for Biden to start receiving the president’s daily intelligence briefing.
“It’s been offered,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday. “I did not have it today. We’re going to do it on a regular basis.” Despite his campaign’s attempts to invalidate election results, President Donald Trump signed off on his administration’s participation in the transition process this week. But he promised that his campaign would keep fighting to overturn the results.
Trump’s legal efforts have largely failed in key battleground states, most recently in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani are expected to attend a Pennsylvania Senate Committee meeting about the election in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon.