Biden: 'Wear a mask for just 100 days'

President-elect Joe Biden challenged Americans to wear a mask for 'just 100 days' beginning on the first day of his term to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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JOE BIDEN: As a new president, I'm going to speak directly to the American people and say what I'm saying now, we need your help. Wear a mask for just 100 days. It the easiest thing you can do to reduce COVID cases, hospitalizations, and death. Help yourself, your family, and your community. Whatever your politics or point of view, mask up for 100 days once we take office, 100 days to make a difference. It's not a political statement. It's a patriotic act.

It won't be the end of our efforts, but it's a necessary and easy beginning, an easy start. Secondly, this team-- this team-- will help get at the latest-- at the last 100 million COVID-19 vaccine-- at least 100 million COVID vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days-- 100 million shots in the first 100 days. And we'll follow the guidance of science to get the vaccines to those most at risk. That includes health care professionals, people in long-term care, and as soon as possible, will include educators. This will be the most efficient mass vaccination plan in US history.

I credit everyone who's gotten up to-- we've-- has gotten us up to this point. But developing a vaccine is only one Herculean task. Distributing it is another Herculean task. You know, and vaccines in a vial only work if they're injected into an arm of people, especially those most at risk. This will be one of the hardest, the most costly operational challenges in our nation's history.