Joe Biden Says “More People May Die” If Donald Trump’s Administration Doesn’t Coordinate On COVID-19 Vaccine
President-elect Joe Biden said that “more people may die” if Donald Trump’s administration doesn’t coordinate during the transition period on their plans for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Biden said, “Look, as my chief of staff Ron Klain said when he handled ebola, a vaccine is important. It is of little use until people are vaccinated. So how do we get the vaccine? How do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated. It is a huge, huge undertaking.”
Biden said that the Trump administration has said that its Operation Warp Speed program maps out how to create a vaccine and how to distribute it, but “If we have to wait until January 20th to start that planning, it puts us behind, over a month and a half. It is important that there be coordination now.”
Trump has so far refused to concede the election, even though networks declared Biden the winner on Nov. 7. His administration also has withheld transition funds and cooperation.
Biden said that Trump’s refusal to concede was “no change in his modus operandi.”
He said that he was speaking to world leaders and “so we we are moving along knowing what the outcome will be.”
“I find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started,” he said.
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