Joe Biden is named president of the United States on January 20. The event traditionally draws tens of thousands of people to Washington. It should be different this time, Biden announced.
The United States continues to have high crown numbers – more than 2,500 people die from Covid-19 every day. United States President-designate Joe Biden is already working on a pandemic strategy. Now the Democratic politician has made it clear: due to the numerous new infections, its inauguration on January 20 will be smaller.
It is “highly unlikely” that one million people will attend the ceremony, Biden said at a press conference in Wilmington. “First of all, my goal is to protect America and still allow people to celebrate.” Biden said there could be a virtual event, as was the case at his Democratic conference this summer.
But he still can’t say exactly what the grand opening will look like in the end. Talks are currently underway with key members of Congress.
1.8 million people at Obama’s inauguration
New US presidents traditionally take the oath in January after the election in front of the Capitol, the parliament building in the capital Washington. Barack Obama’s first inauguration, during which Biden was sworn in as Vice President, attracted more spectators in 2009 than any other event before Washington. Then about 1.8 million people came. With Donald Trump it was significantly lower in 2017, although he later claimed the opposite.
Biden has shown extreme caution in the corona pandemic. The spread of the virus remains out of control in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 14.3 million infections have been detected since the start of the pandemic. The death toll approaches 280,000.