Harris Confirms Trump Administration Lied About Vaccine Distribution Plan
Last September as multiple COVID-19 vaccines were entering their critical phase three clinical trials, Donald Trump and senior administration officials promised the American people it had a comprehensive plan to distribute vaccine across the country. Health and Human Services Sec. Alex Azar issued a news release that said, “As part of Operation Warp Speed, we have been laying the groundwork for months to distribute and administer a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it meets FDA’s gold standard. This in-depth, round-the-clock planning work with our state and local partners and trusted community organizations, especially through CDC, will ensure that Americans can receive a safe and effective vaccine in record time.”
Faced with heavy criticism for the halting rollout of vaccines in mid January Azar tried to push blame onto states, describing the Trump’s distribution process as “flawless.” Vice President Kamala Harris says that’s a flat out lie.
In a backstage conversation with Mike Allen for “Axios on HBO, Harris said the Trump administration had “no stockpile” of vaccines when President Joe Biden was sworn in. “There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations, we were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out,” Harris said. “In many ways we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
As the Biden administration works feverishly to make up for time squandered by Trump, the vice president told Axios that she is constantly pushing her team on the question “can we do more? Where is there capacity to do more? The suffering is so immense in terms of both the public health crisis, the number of people who have died, the number of people who’ve contracted it, and the economic crisis. We are in the midst of a hurricane that is still raging, which requires us — each one of us who’s in a position of leadership — to ask constantly, ‘Are we doing enough?'”