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Biden considering 100-day mask mandate and says he’d take vaccine on TV

President-elect Joe Biden is considering using his Inaugural address next month to call on all Americans to wear a mask for 100 days to slow the latest spread of the coronavirus.

“Not forever,” he said of his possible call to his countrymen and countrywomen. “And I think we’ll see a significant reduction.”

“I’d be happy to do that,” Mr Biden said during an interview with CNN that will air in full at 9 p.m. ET when asked about former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama all saying they would take a vaccine on television to help gin up public confidence as some as concerned it was developed too quickly by the Trump administration.

But like the president for which he was vice president, the incoming chief executive, wants one federal official to endorse the drug before it goes into his arm.

“When Dr Fauci says, ‘We have a vaccine that will be safe,’ that’s when I’ll stand before the public,” Mr Biden said, grabbing his left shoulder to indicate that’s where the needle would inject the inoculation.

“Look, that has to happen. People have lost faith in the vaccine to work,” he said. “It matters what a president and vice president do.”

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