WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to address the nation for his first prime-time speech Thursday evening to mark the anniversary of the nation’s shutdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“He will discuss the many sacrifices that the American people have made over the last year and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. “The president will look forward, highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and moving the country to getting back to normal.”
When is the address?
The president will address the nation on Thursday, March 11. Biden is expected to begin his speech at 8 p.m. Eastern from the White House.
Thursday is the anniversary of the WHO declaring the coronavirus a pandemic, and also the day former President Donald Trump gave an address announcing strict travel restrictions on passengers arriving in the United States from hard-hit portions of Europe.
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Where can I watch?
Biden’s address will be live-streamed at USATODAY.com, following a special edition of States of America that begins at 7:30 p.m.
USA TODAY will also be maintaining a live blog with updates from Biden’s address, for those who prefer to read about the address.
Updates on Biden’s speaking engagements
The president has not addressed a joint session of Congress yet, and a State of the Union address may look different this year because of restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Psaki. It is up to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to set a date for that event.
Biden also still hasn’t taken questions from reporters at a formal press conference as president. Psaki said that will change, and that there are plans to hold his first press conference by the end of this month.
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