Biden, in message ahead of Thanksgiving, says ‘We’ll get our lives back’ after the COVID-19 pandemic

Delivering remarks before the Thanksgiving holiday, President-elect Joe Biden said that while it has been a difficult year because of COVID-19, vaccines could soon be available to the public. “I know we can, and we will beat this virus,” he said.

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JOE BIDEN: And the good news is, there has been significant, record-breaking progress made recently in developing the vaccine. And several of these vaccines look extraordinarily effective. And it happens that we're on track for the first immunization to begin by late December, early January. Then, we'll need to put in place the distribution plan to get the entire country immunized as soon as possible, which we will do, but it's going to take time.

I'm hoping the news of the vaccine will serve as an incentive to every American to take these simple steps to get control of the virus. There's real hope. Tangible hope. So hang on. Don't let yourself surrender to the fatigue, which I understand, it is real fatigue.

I know we can-- and we will-- beat this virus. America is not going to lose this war. We'll get our lives back. Life is going to return to normal. I promise you. This will happen. This will not last forever.

So yes, it's been a really hard year, particularly hard for over 250,000 people and their families. But I still believe we have much to be thankful for. There's so much to hope for. Much to build on. Much to dream of.