President Donald Trump, soured over his decisive election loss, has essentially thrown in the towel on taking any meaningful actions to curb the unrelenting spread of the coronavirus.
At a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday, President-Elect Joe Biden said that he is concerned that “more people may die” of COVID-19 if the lame duck Trump Administration continues to obstruct the presidential transition process, and that Trump’s belligerence poses a substantial threat to the health and safety of the country.
“You spoke about a need to access the outgoing administration’s COVID vaccine distribution plans. What do you see as the biggest threat to your transition right now given President Trump’s unprecedented attempt to obstruct and delay a smooth transfer of power?” Biden was asked by a reporter.
“More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” a somber Biden replied. “Look, as my Chief of Staff Ron Klain would say, who handled Ebola, a vaccine is important, but it’s of little use until you’re vaccinated.”
The challenge his administration faces, Biden said, is ensuring that hundreds of millions of vaccines can be distributed efficiently to every American.
“How do we get the vaccine – how do we get over 300 million Americans vaccinated? What’s the game plan? It’s a huge, huge, huge undertaking, to get it done, to prioritize those greatest in need,” the president-elect explained. Biden also stressed the importance of “working with the World Health Organization and the rest of the world in dealing with this.”
Although the Trump Administration has the “Warp Speed program that not only dealth with getting vaccines, but also how to distribute this,” delaying the transfer of power to Biden until Inauguration Day would be catastrophic, Biden said.
“If we have to wait until January 20 to start that planning, it puts us behind, over a month, month-and-a-half,” said Biden. “And so it’s important that it be done – that there be coordination now, or as rapidly as we can get that done.”
New COVID-19 infections are ballooning toward 200,000 per day in the United States and a quarter of a million Americans have already lost their lives to the virus.
Sixty-five days until the inauguration.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.