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Biden Thanksgiving speech: When is it and how to watch

Joe Biden will deliver his first Thanksgiving address on Wednesday after becoming the only presidential candidate in US history to win more than 80 million votes.

Mr Biden’s public address is to be live-streamed from Wilmington, Delaware as celebrations for the winter holiday season remain muted across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewers will be able to stream the speech online – in keeping with several speeches Mr Biden has given since becoming president-elect, where in-person audiences have been greatly limited as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

The president-elect’s transition team said on Tuesday he would allude in his speech to the "shared sacrifices Americans are making this holiday season" and address the fact that millions are facing food insecurity.

He also expected to touch upon how charities around the US have reported historically long lines for meal assistance in recent weeks, while millions of people remain out of work due to coronavirus-driven shutdowns.

No timings were given for the address in a press release issued by the Biden transition team on Tuesday night. We’ll update this piece with details when we have them.

Meanwhile, health experts have warned of a fresh explosion of Covid-19 infections after Thanksgiving, and have warned people not to travel.

The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, asked Americans to "think twice" about travel plans and also warned of "innocent home gatherings" with family and friends which could result in new outbreaks.

The US continues to grapple with rising cases, while Tuesday was the country’s deadliest day in the past six months, with a record number of 2,100 coronavirus-related deaths. On Tuesday, 176,439 new cases were also added to the grim tally of 12.7 million.

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