Incoming White House chief of staff Ronald Klain said Sunday President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is gearing up to address the “huge mess” it is inheriting from the Trump administration regarding the coronavirus vaccine rollout.
“It’s going to take a while to turn this around. The virus is the virus. What we can do is act to control it,” said Klain.
—State of the Union (@CNNSotu) January 17, 2021
Despite a promise from the Trump administration last week that officials would release doses of the vaccine that had been reserved, the Washington Post’s Isaac Stanley-Becker and Lena Sun reported on Friday the federal government actually has no more reserve of second vaccine doses.
The administration is planning several tactics to “speed up the delivery of that vaccine,” including “using the Defense Production Act to ramp up the production of particular kinds of syringes that allow us to get six doses out of vials instead of five,” Klain said.
Biden’s COVID-19 plan includes $20 billion to invest in a national vaccine program. Klain on Sunday repeated Biden’s urging for the US to ramp up vaccinations to five to six times more than its current pace.
Klain told Tapper the administration believes there will be an adequate supply to give people their second shots and enough supply and distribution to “hit that target of 100 million shots in 100 days” after Biden’s inauguration.
Biden’s plans to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic are set to begin on his first day in office, and will include rolling back several of Trump’s policies including the Muslim travel ban and rejoining the Paris climate accord.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.