U.S. President-elect Joe Biden called for a united effort against COVID-19, addressing the country on the eve of Thanksgiving.
His remarks are once again focused on combating the pandemic, as the country grapples a powerful autumn resurgence.
Biden urged people to stay safe by taking precautions keeping social distance and wearing face masks.
But he also called for what some may consider a greater sacrifice avoiding big family gatherings, as he himself pledges to do so.
"This year, we're asking Americans to forgo so many of the traditions that we've long made this holiday, which made it so special for our families for 40 such years we're going to be having a separate Thanksgiving for Jill and I will be at our home in Delaware with our daughter and our son-in-law."
He also delivered condolences to those who have lost a loved one, saying "I know that this time of year can be particularly difficult. I remember the first Thanksgiving and the empty chair, the silence. It takes your breath away".
Biden had lost his wife and his daughter in a tragic car accident before marrying Jill Biden.
Biden also reaffirmed his victory and transition, while President Trump has yet to make an official concession.
"In America, we have full and fair and free elections. And then we honor the results. People of this nation and the laws of the land won't stand for anything else."
The remarks come as Americans prepare for Thanksgiving as the COVID-19 death toll surpassed a quarter of a million, and hospitalizations saw record highs for the second straight week.
Millions of Americans, despite an anti-travel advisory from authorities, have flocked to airports and highways.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.