Joseph R. Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at noon today, along with the new Vice-President, Kamala Harris.
Biden to be sworn-in as 46th US President today
7:58 am, Wed January 20, 2021
The ceremony will take place, as traditionally done at the US Capitol, but without the usual vast throng of people who normall descend on Washington DC for the historic event.
The transfer of power is taking place against the backdrop of 400,000 people dying in the United States from the coronavirus, COVID-19, the pandemic still raging across the country.
As a consequence, this will be a small physically distanced audience.
There will however be at least 20,000 National Guard troops nearby to secure the inauguration and the US Capitol, in the wake of the violent incursion by supporters of the departing president, Donald Trump on January 6.
The threat of violence on Inauguration Day has caused the US Government to deploy troops in unprecedented numbers for this event, with the FBI even turning its attention to individual troops who will be on duty, vetting each one and seeing to the removal of a few who were not deemed sufficiently trustworthy.
The swearing-in of Vice-President Kamala Harris will be of special significance to Jamaicans.
The daughter of a Jamaican migrant (economist Donald Harris) and an Indian mother, she will be the first woman to ascend to the American vice-presidency.
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