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Biden to look to Australia for lessons on tackling COVID-19

Biden to look to Australia for lessons on tackling COVID-19

US President-elect Joe Biden has told Prime Minister Scott Morrison he will look to Australia’s COVID-19 response for lessons in how to combat the virus in the US.

Biden to look to Australia for lessons on tackling COVID-19

Biden and Morrison spoke on the phone on Thursday, their first phone call since the Democrat’s victory in the US election.

In the call, the Australian prime minister congratulated Biden on the election, and they discussed a number of issues affecting both nations.

Morrison said Biden was “very interested” in hearing about how Australia had handled the coronavirus outbreak.

“We also discussed the many global challenges, of course. Whether they be COVID-19, which is very much clearly top of his agenda in addressing the situation there, as well of course of the economic impacts of that,” Morrison said.

“The president-elect was very interested in Australia’s success here and what Australia could contribute from our lessons and our learnings in the way that we have managed the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic dimensions of that as well.

“We discussed security and the environmental challenges that Australia and the US can work together on, particularly in the areas of emissions reducing technologies.”

Biden took part in several congratulatory phone calls on Thursday, also speaking to the leaders of Japan and South Korea.

According to Biden’s transition office, all sides discussed strengthening bilateral ties and tackling issues such as the coronavirus and climate change.

It comes as incumbent Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede and is trying to overturn the election result through the courts.

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