Biden Official Has a Warning on COVID Deaths

Ron Klain warns we'll be over 500K within weeks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2021 2:40 AM CST
Biden Official: We'll Have More Than 500K COVID Deaths Within Weeks
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrive on stage, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Nearly 400,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, and on Sunday, the incoming White House chief of staff for President-elect Joe Biden had a warning: That number will likely hit half a million by the end of next month. "The virus is going to get worse before it gets better," Ron Klain said on CNN's State of the Union, per the New York Times. "People who are contracting the virus today will start to get sick next month, will add to the death toll in late February, even March, so it’s going to take a while to turn this around." But, he added, the administration has a plan to "fix" the "huge mess" of vaccine production and distribution that currently exists. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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