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President-elect Joe Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain said 2021 inaugural celebrations will look different in January due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has now infected over 12 million people nationally.
On Sunday, Klain told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that the Biden transition team is currently consulting with House and Senate leadership on how to best go about the planned inauguration for Jan. 20.
"I think it's going to definitely have to be changed," Klain said.
Klain said the goal is to give people an outlet to enjoy the occasion while keeping public health in check. He also referred to how the Biden-Harris campaign was able to effectively reach voters while maintaining social distancing practices.
"[Biden and Kamala Harris] got a lot of grief for that," Klain said. "They got attacked for that relentlessly by President Trump for the way in which they campaigned safely to try to prevent the spread of the disease. They're going to try to have an inauguration that honors the importance and the symbolic meaning of the moments but also does not result in the spread of disease. That's our goal."
While Klain didn't elaborate on what's being planned, he implied the occasion might look similar to the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention. He said the event will likely be scaled down.
Klain was the first major public pick Biden announced to serve with him in his administration. Klain served alongside then-Vice President Biden for two years during the Obama administration.
Trump has not yet conceded to Biden as he awaits the results of multiple legal challenges in several states. Biden was declared the winner of the election by several media outlets more than two weeks ago.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Biden transition team for further details.
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