As per the latest reports from WASHINGTON on 19th November, the officials from the U.S. President Donald Trump’s vaccine distribution effort have not yet briefed anyone on President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, and have no further plans to do so, as being confirmed by the Democratic U.S. senators after a White House call held on Thursday.
Senator Chris Murphy said on Twitter that after a conference call with Trump Administration vaccine distribution team they have reportedly confirmed that they have not briefed anyone on President-elect Biden’s team and have no plans to do so, which is potentially catastrophic.
On Thursday morning, there was a call conducted by General Gustave Perna and Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the leaders of the Operations Warp Speed, the administration’s vaccine development effort, the congressional aides stated.
In an emailed statement, Murphy stated that the team’s unwillingness to share its plans with the incoming administration risks the President-elect Biden’s team of not being ready on day one to implement the plan or make any adjustments to it.
When being asked for comment, White House spokesperson Brian Morgenstern did not, however, address whether Biden’s team would be briefed and said that the vaccine distribution plans from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state governors are available publicly.
Morgenstern further added that manufacturing is currently underway and Dr. Slaoui has confirmed that twenty million Americans are now on track for getting vaccinations in December with tens of millions per month thereafter.
Moving forward, Biden’s team did not immediately respond to the request for comment, and he, and Vice President Kamala Harris has met with Democratic and Republican governors on Thursday to discuss the ongoing health crisis.
After a wave of coronavirus has gripped the United States, the death toll has surpassed 250,000 this week. Even though the vaccine shall be available in the coming months but distributing it to over 300 million Americans might be complicated by transport conditions and special storage.
On Wednesday, Biden stated that a range of information has not been yet made available to his campaign that includes the distributional plans for COVID-19 vaccines. His administration is now scheduled to take office on January 20, when he would be inaugurated.
In a letter to Trump on Tuesday, the leaders of the U.S. medical establishment has said that the failure to promptly share the critical COVID-19 data with Biden’s team will only lead to unnecessary delays in tackling the pandemic situation.
Emily Murphy who is the Administrator of the General Services Administration, a little-known agency that keeps the U.S. government running has so far denied ascertaining the winner of the November 3 Presidential election between Biden and Trump, a condition for releasing the funds and the resources to the winner.
Even though there is a clear margin win of Biden, Trump has however, refused to concede, and his legal challenges are fizzling. Additionally, Trump has been backed up by many of his fellow Republicans, both in Washington and across the country.