US President-elect Joe Biden receives second COVID vaccine shot

US President-elect Joe Biden receives his second COVID-19 shot, and says that getting vaccines into people’s arms will be a “number one priority” for his incoming administration.

It comes as the vaccine rollout has faltered badly in the world’s hardest-hit country, where some 375,000 people have died from the coronavirus and about 3,000 more are dying every day. Some 25.5 million first doses of Covid vaccines have been shipped out to hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes across the country, but only around 9 million have been injected, according to official data.

“Three to four thousand people a day dying is just beyond the pale… it’s wrong, and we can do a lot to change it,” Biden says.

He emphasizes the need to continue social distancing and mask-wearing, and adds that he was “appalled” that Republican lawmakers refused to wear masks when they were forced into a security lockdown during last week’s Capitol attack by supporters of President Donald Trump.

“I think it’s irresponsible. It’s not a political issue, it’s an issue of public safety.”