U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has warned that a delay in the outgoing Trump administration’s transition would delay the COVID-19 vaccination plan by “weeks or months.”
In a virtual roundtable with healthcare workers on COVID-19, Biden claimed on Wednesday that his transition team had received no cooperation from the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump refused to concede the November 3 US election and has filed several lawsuits to challenge poll results in several states.
“One of the problems we are currently having is the inability of the administration to recognize – the law says that the General Service Administration has one person who recognizes who is the winner and then must have access to all of them. data and information. that the government must be prepared, ”he said.
It doesn’t require that there be an absolute winner, Biden said, adding that he was the apparent winner.
“We haven’t been able to access the kinds of things we need to know about stock depth. We know there’s not much at all. We’re getting to the point where we have a sense of when. where these vaccines will come out, they will be distributed, who will be the first in line, what is the plan, ”he said.
“There are over 300 million Americans and beyond our border that they are going to need to be taken care of. There are a lot of things that we just don’t have available to us. We’re going to be weeks or months behind to be able to put together the whole Biggest Promise initiative we have with two pharmaceutical companies coming in and finding 95% efficacy / efficiency in vaccines, this that’s a huge promise, ”Biden said.
He said it was the only slowdown his transition team is facing right now.
“We have built, I think, a top notch team that you would all be proud of and we are all set to do a tremendous job right now,” he noted.
This week, some of the nation’s largest medical groups joined Dr Anthony Fauci, along with members of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board, in calling on the GSA to stop delaying the verification and ensure a seamless transition of COVID-19 infection rate soaring across the country.
Experts stressed the need for a smooth transition to strengthen the response to COVID-19 and prevent further harm to the American people.
They said verification was needed for the Biden-Harris transition to help determine public health and economic measures to bring the virus under control, to provide immediate assistance to working families, to address ongoing racial and ethnic disparities, and to reopen schools and businesses in a safe and efficient manner.
In a letter, the CEOs of the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association urged the Trump administration to “work closely with Biden’s transition team to share any critical information related to COVID-19 “.
“Real-time data and information on the supply of therapeutic products, testing equipment, personal protective equipment, ventilators, hospital bed capacity and workforce availability to plan the The country’s subsequent deployment of assets must be shared to save countless lives, ”they wrote in the letter.
<< All information on the capacity of the national strategic reserve, the assets of Operation Warp Speed and the plans for the dissemination of therapeutic products and vaccines must be shared as quickly as possible to ensure the continuity of the strategic planning in order to avoid any interruption. in our ability to care for patients, ”they said.
The letter cited their perspective as “caregivers for all Americans” who see the suffering of COVID-19.
“We are seeing families who have lost both parents to COVID-19; we see children suffering from long-term effects from COVID-19 infection; and we are seeing minority populations suffering disproportionately from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. From this frontline human perspective, we urge you to share critical data and information as soon as possible, ”he said.
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