President-elect Joe Biden plans to ask Americans to wear a face mask for 100 days after he is inaugurated to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and he pledged to publicly take a vaccine when it's available to encourage the public to get vaccinated.
“Just 100 days to mask, not forever. And I think we'll see a significant reduction," Biden said during an interview Thursday with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Biden also said he'd "be happy" to join former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in getting the vaccine in public to prove it is safe. "When Dr. Fauci says we have a vaccine that is safe, that's the moment in which I will stand before the public."
Biden's statements came on what was the deadliest day of the pandemic in the U.S., with 2,897 deaths. Thursday broke Wednesday's record of deadliest day when 2,804 people died, according to Johns Hopkins data.
The U.S. also recorded its 14 millionth COVID-19 infection Thursday.
Here's what to know Friday:
California warned that the rise of cases can overwhelm the state's health care system within weeks. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a regional stay-at-home order that would go into effect when a region hits the ICU capacity threshold. Four regions — all but the San Francisco Bay area — could meet that threshold “within a day or two," he said.
The Navajo Nation requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government. Health officials serving the Navajo Nation have warned of supplies and hospital bed shortages.
Warner Bros. is releasing all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters, a move that experts say should certainly alarm theater chains and could very well sound the death knell for moviegoing as we know it.
Job gains have slowed for five straight months with November only adding 245,000 jobs with unemployment dipping to 6.7%. Meanwhile, Congress has been deadlocked over a new relief package, but key lawmakers this week voiced optimism about reaching a deal on a roughly $1 trillion measure before the holidays.