As the nation faces the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and an economy it has ravaged, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will speak this afternoon about their long-term plans to oversee the recovery.

Mr. Biden’s remarks, delivered with Ms. Harris from Wilmington, Del., will come as the pandemic reaches new heights in the United States but as early data shows hope of an effective coronavirus vaccine. On Sunday, Mr. Biden’s pick for White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his team’s top scientific advisers would begin consultations with officials at drug companies this week.

Mr. Klain also said that Mr. Biden spoke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, on Friday about the need for urgent action on a coronavirus relief bill. Mr. Biden has yet to speak with Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, Mr. Klain said.

Much of what Mr. Biden may be able to accomplish will depend on two January runoff elections in Georgia, which will determine control of the Senate. Two Democratic challengers — Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock — are seeking to unseat Republicans. Mr. Klain suggested that Mr. Biden was likely to campaign in Georgia.

Regardless of the outcome in those races, Mr. Klain, a veteran Democratic operative, said that Mr. Biden already planned to quickly rejoin the Paris climate accord, protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and act on health care.

“We’ve got a busy, busy Day 1 under any scenario here,” he said.


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