Joe Biden: Covid vaccination in US will not be mandatory

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image copyrightReutersimage captionMr Biden has said he is ready to take a vaccine publicly

President-elect Joe Biden says Americans won't be forced to take a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available in the US.

It comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the first time urged "universal mask use" anywhere outside people's homes.

The CDC said the US had "entered a phase of high-level transmission" of the virus.

On Friday the US recorded 2,861 new deaths.

It has seen more than 14 million confirmed cases in total and more than 275,000 deaths.

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Mr Biden – who is due to take office on 20 January – also said he expected his inauguration to be a scaled-back event without large crowds because of coronavirus concerns.

"My guess is there'll still be a platform ceremony but I don't know how it's all going to work out," he said.

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