Biden receives coronavirus vaccine; Harris, Ivanka Trump campaign in Georgia for Senate candidates
President-elect Joe Biden received the coronavirus vaccine Monday, sending a message to the nation about the safety of the vaccine. The president-elect received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark, Del., in an event that was carried on live television.
Earlier in the day, Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris campaigned in Georgia for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump also was in the state Monday seeking to boost turnout for Sens. David Perdue (R) and Kelly Loeffler (R).
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Harris on GOP reluctance to accept Biden win: ‘At some point reality will set in’
By Chelsea Janes
Hours after she took the stage in Columbus, Ga., to campaign for the two candidates who could swing the balance of congressional power her party’s way, Harris expressed optimism about Republicans’ willingness to cooperate with a new administration.
“It is my hope and prayer, and Joe Biden has said it unambiguously, that we intend to work across party lines,” Harris told MSNBC’s Joy Reid in an interview that aired Monday night. “The biggest challenges, the crises that are front and center in our nation, don’t see party lines.”
Harris, who returned to Washington to vote on the coronavirus relief bill Monday night, added that while many Republicans in Congress are refusing to publicly acknowledge Biden as president-elect, many have congratulated her privately, “so I think there may be some posturing in public.”
“I have to believe that at some point reality will set in and everyone will understand that we need to govern,” said Harris, who refused to bite on a question about what she thinks when she sees GOP colleagues who once downplayed the severity of covid-19 getting vaccinated before most of the country.
“I believe that anybody that’s in a position of leadership right now should be urging all Americans — again, regardless of their party affiliation — that when it is their time, they get that vaccine,” she said. “The reality is, it is literally about saving lives.” Harris told Reid she plans to get her first dose of the vaccination next week.
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