As the first part of our five-part series on the U.S. presidential inauguration, we take closer look at President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their careers and how they stand on key issues.
Kim Ji-yeon reports.
A six-term senator from Delaware and a former vice president of the United States, Joe Biden will be the 46th U.S. president.
At age 78, he'll be the oldest person to have ever held the office.
Biden was VP in the Obama administration, which passed the Affordable Care Act and healthcare remains a top priority for him.
It's an issue he discusses in the context of his family's personal tragedies.
He lost his first wife and infant daughter in a car accident in 1972, and in 2015 his son Beau died of brain cancer.
He's currently married to Jill Biden, an educator, and together they have a daughter.
As the coronavirus crisis has unfolded, he has been sharply critical of President Trump's response, saying he acted too slowly and he's vowed to make coronavirus tests and vaccines accessible and free.
"Look, our plan is as clear as it is bold, get more people vaccinated for free, create more places for them to get vaccinated, mobilize more medical teams to get the shots in people's arms, increase supply and get it out the door as soon as possible."
As a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he speaks ardently about defending America's role as a leader on the global stage.
Biden is a supporter of free trade and voted for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and North American Free Trade Agreement, both of which the Trump administration has withdrew from.
Biden was a strong supporter of the Obama administration's 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
He supports the Paris Accords, and in 2019 released a one.seven-trillion U.S. dollar proposal on green energy technologies over the next ten years.
His pick for vice president surprised many.
Senator Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as the first woman and person of color to serve as VP.
Harris, 56, was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents; her mother is originally from India, while her father is from Jamaica.
After she graduated law school, Harris was a deputy district attorney before serving as the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco.
For the past four years, she's been the junior senator from California.
"But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last. Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."
As one of her top priorities as VP, Harris is expected to tackle racism and inequality, which she has highlighted in view of law enforcement's response to last year's Black Lives Matter protests following the police killing of George Floyd.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.