Biden to deliver first primetime address as president, will mark anniversary of coronavirus shutdowns

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President Biden is expected to deliver his first primetime address since taking office on Thursday to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdowns.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki previewed the president’s remarks during the press briefing on Monday.

"The president will deliver his first primetime address to commemorate the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown on Thursday," Psaki said. "He will discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made over the last year, and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered."

Psaki said the president "will look forward, highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and moving the country toward getting back to normal."

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Biden’s address Thursday will be his first major address since Inauguration Day. The president has yet to hold a formal press briefing and has yet to schedule a date for his first joint session address to Congress.

"We certainly intend on the president delivering a joint session speech, not a State of the Union, in the first year that they are in office," Psaki said Friday.

"But we don’t have a date for that or a timeline at this point in time," she continued. "And we have been engaged closely with leaders in Congress about determining that."

Psaki was also asked about the delay earlier in the week, and she said Bi... (Read more)