President Joe Biden does not plan to adopt any of the Donald Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine distribution plan.
Sources close to the matter told CNN that Biden and his advisers are taking on a difficult unprecedented challenge as they transition into office. Still, they promise to make progress towards improvement and significantly speed up the vaccination process for Americans.
Immediately after Biden’s inauguration, sources say that the new administration learned there was a complete lack of an adequate vaccine distribution plan under the former administration, despite there being multiple vaccines approved for use in the country.
“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” one source said.
Another said at one point it was evident that the incoming administration would have to begin from “square one” because there simply was no plan as: “Wow, just further affirmation of complete incompetence.”
Now they will have to live up to their promises made during Biden’s campaign and transition stage to make a drastic turn around the pandemic while also conducting completely different from Trump when it comes to the pandemic.
Biden hasn’t been shy about calling Trump out for his “dismal” rollout of the vaccine and placing him at fault for what he has to come in and fix.
Not only did the Biden administration decline taking any leads of the previous administration’s vaccine plan, but it has also asked those who worked on Trump’s COVID-19 and vaccine operations to resign from their roles, including Operation Warp Speed chief scientific adviser Moncef Slaoui and Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
However, they chose to keep Dr. Anthony Fauci; he will now serve as Biden’s chief medical adviser on COVID-19. Adams was asked to demote to an adviser position.
Fauci doesn’t believe the team is starting from scratch. On Thursday, during a White House press briefing, he said, “We’re certainly not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.” Adding that the Biden administration is “amplifying” in significant ways existing vaccine distribution efforts.
“I mean, we’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas with … the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all,” Fauci said.