President Biden will address the nation Thursday evening to mark the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, remember the people who have been lost and to introduce the next phase of his administration's COVID-19 response.

The speech, the first primetime address of his presidency, will begin at 8 p.m. E.T. Watch it live here:

Biden said Wednesday that he would use the address as an opportunity to "explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask of the American people."

"There is light at the end of the dark tunnel of the past year," he said following an event at the White House. "But we cannot let our guard down now and assume that victory is inevitable."

Biden will also speak about the operational challenge of vaccine distribution, and the work his administration has done to increase vaccination, according to the White House.

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