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Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden is planning a 2020 campaign launch schedule for the next month bookended by events in Pennsylvania — with visits to key early-voting states in between.

The big picture: Biden's Pittsburgh and Philadelphia events, set to take place on Monday and May 18, respectively, will be specifically dedicated to what he's calling "the core values of his campaign" — "reclaiming the soul of the nation, rebuilding the middle class, the backbone of America and uniting Americans."

The schedule

April 29: Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • This kickoff event will highlight Biden's "vision for rebuilding America’s middle class."

April 30: Iowa

May 1: Iowa

May 4: South Carolina

May 5: South Carolina

May 7: Nevada

May 8: California

May 9: California

May 13: New Hampshire

May 14: New Hampshire

May 18: Philadelphia, Pa.

  • Biden's rollout schedule will conclude with a rally where he plans to "lay out his vision for unifying America with respected leadership on the world stage — and dignified leadership at home."

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Joe Biden

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Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

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Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.