In the home stretch before the US presidential election, can the coronavirus be the deciding factor in the campaign? If it has already been mentioned during the last debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the Democratic candidate mentioned it again this Friday. The opportunity for him to promise that the vaccine would be “free for everyone” as part of his national plan to fight the pandemic, if he was elected president of the United States. “Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it will have to be free for everyone, whether you are insured or not,” he said, presenting in Wilmington (Delaware) his plan to “take action. ‘advance on the virus’, 11 days before the presidential election
President Donald Trump, lagging behind in the polls, also wants the future vaccine against the virus, which could be ready in the coming weeks, to be free. Democrats blame the Republican billionaire for not having put in place a strong federal response to the pandemic, which has left more than 223,000 dead in the United States, the most bereaved country in the world. “The Covid-19 exceeds anything we have faced in our recent history and it does not show signs of slowing down,” said Joe Biden, stressing that “the virus is strengthening in practically all” American states. “We have been in this crisis for almost eight months and the president still has no plan,” said the 77-year-old former vice president. “He abandoned, he abandoned you, he abandoned your family and he abandoned America,” he hammered in a televised speech.
If elected, Joe Biden is committed to “immediately” put in place a national strategy “to finally get ahead of the virus and start living again”. He wants to consult the governors of the 50 states during the transition period, before his inauguration on January 20. Once in power, he would call on Congress in particular to pass a major law to finance the fight against the coronavirus and would establish the compulsory wearing of masks in federal buildings and in transport between states.