According to reports from the Associated Press and CNN on the 19th, the US President-elect Biden departed from his hometown of Delaware in the afternoon and arrived in Washington, the capital of the United States by plane, preparing to participate the next day (20th) Inauguration.
Before leaving, Biden, who was very excited, gave a speech in Delaware, and for a time “tears down”. He said that Delaware would be the starting point of his trip to Washington. Afterward, Biden flew to Washington to meet with Vice President-elect Harris and attended a mourning ceremony for the new crown epidemic in the United States.
Biden’s inauguration will begin on the morning of the 20th, but core areas such as the National Mall in Washington have been blocked. The number of tickets for the inauguration ceremony has been reduced to more than 1,000, which will mainly invite members of the US Congress and government officials. Currently, there are approximately 25,000 US National Guard soldiers in charge of security work during the ceremony.
Biden’s speech “tears full of tears”
According to the National Public Radio (NPR), Biden took a flight from Wilmington, Delaware, on the afternoon of the 19th to Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington. He originally planned to take an Amtrak train, but the plan was eventually canceled due to safety concerns.
Before leaving, Biden first gave a speech at the Delaware National Guard barracks, which was named after his late son Beau Biden.
In his speech, Biden praised Delaware, which he described as the “starting point of a trip to Washington”: “After I die, Delaware will be inscribed in my heart… My next trip to Washington From here on, this place defines the best of us as Americans.” American media pointed out that Biden “could not help but choked up and burst into tears for a while.”
Biden also mentioned his late son in the military camp, which he described as “one of the main factors that inspired him to run for president.”
Subsequently, Biden briefly reviewed the scene when he took office as Obama’s vice president in 2009 when Biden was traveling to Washington by train and claimed that he would “forever make Delaware proud.” About 100 people attended the speech, including Biden’s family and a large number of Delaware officials.
After arriving in Washington, Biden made a high-profile appearance with the Vice President-elect Harris of the United States. The two attended a mourning ceremony for the new crown epidemic outside the Lincoln Memorial and delivered speeches. The US media pointed out that this was also the first inaugural event carried out by Biden and Harris.
Biden said in the mourning ceremony: “Sometimes it is painful to remember these things, but this is how we heal. It is very important for a country, so we will be here today, lighting up the lights in the evening. The reflection in the pool commemorates everyone we lost.” At the time Biden delivered this speech, the number of deaths from the new crown pneumonia in the United States had exceeded 400,000.
The Associated Press stated that after the mourning ceremony, Biden will go to the Blair Building, the official welcome of the US President, for the night, and attend the inauguration of the US President on the morning of the 20th.
The Secretary of State appointed by Biden is busy speculating on China issues
While Biden was making a speech in Delaware, “with tears in tears,” his appointed Secretary of State Brinken was speaking out in Washington, making no secret of his strong views on China, and he started to hype issues related to China before he took office.
According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, at the Senate’s hearing on the afternoon of the 19th, Brinken claimed that China “posed the greatest threat to the United States” and agreed with the Trump administration’s hardline claims against China. Brinken also agreed with the current Secretary of State Pompeo’s series of so-called “investigations” on China, and expressed support for Pompeo’s nonsense on issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
In addition to the China issue, Brinken also talked about the Iranian nuclear issue and the Palestinian-Israeli issue. He did not mention the specific plan of the United States to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement, saying that it “still has a long way to go”, and repeatedly stressed that the United States “must prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.”
On the Palestinian-Israeli issue, he expressed support for the Trump administration’s approach, saying that the new US government will continue to place the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem to show US support for Israel.
The Wall Street Journal analyzed that this means that Brinken has reached agreement with most Republican lawmakers on the China issue, implying that in the next four years, the Biden administration is likely to adopt a more unified and tough foreign policy toward China.
On the eve of the ceremony, the security situation continued
Although Biden’s inauguration is near, the United States National Guard, which is responsible for Washington’s security work, is infrequent situations. Not only are there personnel involved in making extreme remarks, but there is also a serious situation of military uniforms being stolen.
The Associated Press quoted an anonymous official from the US Department of Defense as saying that 12 members of the National Guard have been relieved of security work, and they have been found to have ties to right-wing militia organizations or express extreme views. Officials of the Ministry of Defense did not disclose the specific units in which these people served.
The commander of the National Guard, Daniel Hokanson (Daniel Hokanson) confirmed to the Associated Press that these personnel have been removed from their current positions for safety reasons. However, he claimed that only 2 people were involved in making inappropriate comments related to the inauguration ceremony, and the remaining 10 were transferred due to past criminal records or other potential problems and did not involve the inauguration issue.
However, the US Department of Defense also stated that it has not found any serious internal threats.
At the same time, a military uniform was stolen in the surrounding area of Washington. CNN reported that on the morning of the 19th, two US Army uniforms were stolen in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, near Washington.
According to the description of the local police, the thief opened an unlocked vehicle of a US soldier and stole two military uniforms from it. However, the police pointed out that, including the vehicle of the US soldier’s mother, other vehicles in the neighborhood were stolen. Their case should not be specifically for military uniforms. But for security reasons, they have warned Washington to pay attention to this matter.
Biden’s inauguration ceremony will begin on the morning of the 20th. About 25,000 US National Guard soldiers have been stationed in Washington to take charge of security work during the ceremony. Core areas such as the National Mall in Washington have been blocked, and the number of tickets for the inauguration ceremony has also been drastically reduced, from 200,000 tickets to more than 1,000 tickets. Members of Congress and government officials will mainly be invited to attend.
Germany starts ordering 2022 vaccines, local leaders suggest approval of Chinese vaccines
German Health Minister Jens Spahn revealed on Saturday (30th) that the country has now begun to order the 2022 vaccine, because the spread of the variant new coronavirus may require an increase in the dose in the future.
According to Reuters news on the 31st, Spann said in a video conference for medical staff on the 30th that Germany is currently ordering 2022 vaccines, and at least some of them must be obtained first because no one knows whether there is a need to increase the number of vaccine injections in the future, or In order to maintain immunity to the new coronavirus, vaccines must be purchased in advance as a preventive measure. Spann said that 2.3 million people out of the 83 million German population have received the first dose of vaccine, but because vaccine manufacturers such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Modena, and other vaccine manufacturers suddenly announced reductions in production, European governments faced a shortage of vaccines. Both are quite a headache. The German government has set up a new vaccination task force, and it is also expected to convene federal and local government representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and EU representatives for a vaccine meeting on the 1st.
Germany, as the largest economy in Europe, stalled during the second blockade in November. Many Germans envied the faster vaccination rates in Britain, Israel, and other countries. The German federal government has continuously received criticisms of too slow vaccination progress. German media described the government vaccine program as a “scandal.” Public opinion surveys show that people’s satisfaction with the government’s epidemic prevention has dropped to 49%, the lowest point since the epidemic.
Before the meeting of the new vaccination working group, some powerful regional leaders in Germany also expressed dissatisfaction with the federal epidemic prevention and control measures. The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, put forward a new proposal that requires the federal state to allow the state to have more say in the supply of vaccines to the groups most in need. Soder said, “We need an emergency vaccine economy system, and the country must formulate clear rules,” he called on the authorities to consider approving Chinese and Russian vaccines for use in other European countries.
According to reports, as of the 30th, Germany had 13,321 new cases and 794 deaths in a single day, with a total of more than 2.21 million confirmed cases and 56,000 deaths. Although the number of cases per 100,000 people has dropped by 3 in the past 7 days to 91 cases. The government stated that the number must be less than 50 cases to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. In addition, the German Ministry of the Interior said that due to the growing domestic concerns about the mutant virus, it is currently preparing to impose restrictions on the entry of passengers from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
The U.S. and Russia reach an agreement on extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty
On January 26, US President Biden had a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin for the first time after taking office. The Russian Kremlin stated that the two sides agreed to extend the arms control agreement “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty,” and the US White House also said that the two sides will work on extending the treaty.
Russian Satellite News Agency quoted the Kremlin News Service on the 26th as saying that Putin and Biden reached an agreement on extending the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” during a telephone conversation. The source said: “In the near future, both parties will complete all necessary procedures to ensure that this important international mechanism for mutual restriction of nuclear weapons continues to take effect.”
Reuters reported on the 26th that the White House did not immediately confirm the Kremlin’s statement. However, the White House issued a statement saying that the leaders of the United States and Russia agreed to let their working groups urgently start work on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The United States and Russia signed the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” in 2010, which aims to limit the number of strategic nuclear warheads and delivery vehicles deployed by the two countries. After the US-Russia “China-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty” expired in 2019, the “New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty” became the only arms control treaty between the two countries. The treaty will expire on February 5, 2021, but the validity of the treaty can be negotiated between the two countries It will be extended at most 5 years later. In 2020, the United States and Russia launched several rounds of negotiations on the extension of the treaty. In October of that year, the two sides proposed to extend the treaty for one year but ultimately failed to finalize the details.
U.S. COVID-19 patient dies hours after vaccination
A person infected with the new coronavirus in California, USA, died a few hours after being vaccinated with the new coronavirus on the 21st. The cause of death has not been identified, and it is not clear whether the deceased was vaccinated with Modena or Pfizer.
According to Fox News, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in California announced on Saturday (23rd) that a resident who tested positive for the new coronavirus in December 2020 will be vaccinated on January 21, 2021. Received the vaccine, but died a few hours later.
The sheriff’s office said that at present, many local, state, and federal agencies are actively investigating the case. It is too early to talk about the cause of death, and the results of the investigation are still pending.
According to the report, it is still unclear whether the vaccine for the deceased was Moderna or Pfizer.
According to previous reports, a report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 22nd showed that as of January 10, a total of 4,041,396 people in the United States had received the first dose of the covid vaccine developed by Modena in the United States, and a total of 1,266 cases of adverse effects were reported Reaction events (adverse reaction rate is about 0.03%), including 10 allergic reactions. Previously, the center reported that as of December 23, 2020, a total of 1,893,360 people in the United States had received the first dose of Pfizer’s covid vaccine, and a total of 4,393 adverse events were reported, including 21 allergic reactions.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the past month, an average of 423 people died of new coronavirus every day in California. The state has currently recorded 36,362 deaths.