US faces grim winter as Covid cases and deaths set new records again – live

8.48pm GMT

Biden says he is “encouraged” by bipartisan efforts to pass a coronavirus relief bill in Congress, but does not answer a question about whether he has had a chance to speak with Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell.

Biden doesn’t answer directly when asked if he has spoken with Mitch McConnell.

“We’ll be in dire trouble if we don’t get cooperation,” he says. “I believe we will.”

8.47pm GMT

Biden: “The fight against COVID won’t be won by January, in January alone. To truly end this crisis, Congress is going to need to fund more testing, as well as a more equitable and free distribution of the vaccine. We’re going to need more economic relief to bridge through 2021”

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Source: theguardian