Joe Biden was hit by a ticklish cough as he began his first ever press briefing as President of the United States. Biden, 78, suffered a frog in his throat as Thursday’s briefing on coronavirus began, which saw him warn the US death toll would hit 500,000 in February. The president – who has had both doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine – coughed twice, and cleared his throat multiple times as he thanked servicemen and women for guarding his inauguration on Wednesday. Biden, who was flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris, said ‘Excuse me,’ while trying regain his voice, and managed to do shortly afterwards. The oldest president ever to take office then unveiled his ambitious Covid battle plan.