President Biden plans to mark the one-year anniversary since the broad adoption of COVID-19 public health restrictions by memorializing the nation's profound losses and discussing how he anticipates the country will begin emerging from the pandemic.

The president's first primetime address to the nation comes on his 50th day in office — a later point than when recent past presidents have requested television air time to address Americans — and just a day after the Democratic-controlled Congress fulfilled a signature campaign pledge by passing one of the most sweeping federal spending plans in U.S. history on a party-line vote.

"I'm going to talk about what comes next. I'm going to launch the next phase of the COVID response and explain what we will do as a government. And what we'll ask of the American people," Mr. Biden said Wednesday afternoon in a preview of his remarks.

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