Because of fears of mass protests on the day of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, U.S. authorities spent $10 million on ambulances and special equipment.
Ambulances with personnel are allegedly already arriving in Washington. FEMA has struck a deal with American Medical Response to provide emergency equipment. The agreements were allegedly signed Jan. 15 and will run through Jan. 25.
Earlier in January, it was reported that the FBI would screen all 25,000 members of the National Guard who will be guarding Washington during Biden’s inauguration. The vetting is due to authorities’ concerns that some of those tasked with protecting the U.S. capital over the next few days before the festivities may themselves pose a threat to the future president and other high-profile participants in the event.
On January 7, the U.S. Congress approved Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. This was preceded by riots and a storming of the Capitol by supporters of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, in which five people were killed. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20.