JOE BIDEN CALLS FOR UNITY
US president-elect, Joe Biden, has called for unity while saying he will help the US become a nation healed.
Biden, a former vice president under Barack Obama, passed the 270 electoral vote threshold needed for victory on Saturday, with the states of Pennsylvania and Nevada breaking in his favour.
The President-elect swiftly launched a transition website and Twitter account as he prepares to take on office on January 20.
Biden, who says responding to the coronavirus would be his administration’s first priority, is planning to name former Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Dr David Kessler, as co-chairs of the coronavirus working group he is launching this week.
Murthy and Kessler are part of a group of experts and doctors who have briefed Biden on the pandemic for months. Murthy served as surgeon general during President Obama’s second term, and Kessler was Food and Drugs Administrator commissioner in the 1990s and now serves as board chair at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Meanwhile, China has joined Russia, Brazil and Mexico in declining to recognise Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election.
At a press briefing in Beijing, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said he understand the presidential election result will be determined following the US laws and procedures so its reasons for not acknowledging Biden’s victory.