VT: The Biden administration will be enacting 10 executive orders today to establish our first COVID capability. There was none in place, a shock even to seasoned bureaucrats.
Trump’s vaccine distribution program records had been destroyed and up to 65 million doses of vaccine missing, representing $2 billion. GOP leaders of both the house and senate were, from square one, read into the reality of the disaster they made and continued to hide these facts from the public, leading to the death of well over 400,000 Americans. Without Mitch McConnell, none of what you will learn about now would have been possible…
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CNN) Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.
The Biden administration has promised to try to turn the Covid-19 pandemic around and drastically speed up the pace of vaccinating Americans against the virus. But in the immediate hours following Biden being sworn into office on Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the new administration’s Covid-related work told CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States.
“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” one source said.
Another source described the moment that it became clear the Biden administration would have to essentially start from “square one” because there simply was no plan as: “Wow, just further affirmation of complete incompetence.”
Guardian: “We can and will beat Covid-19. America deserves a response to the Covid-19 pandemic that is driven by science, data and public health – not politics,” the White House said in a statement outlining the administration’s national strategy on Covid-19 response and pandemic preparedness.
The administration’s new strategy is based around seven major goals:
- restoring public trust in government efforts,
- getting more vaccine doses into more arms,
- mitigating the spread – including mask mandates –
- emergency economic relief,
- a strategy to get schools and workers functioning again,
- establishing an equity task force to address disparities in suffering involving issues of race, ethnicity and geography, and
- preparing for future threats.
The Biden administration plans to partner with states and local governments to set up community vaccination centers at stadiums, gymnasiums and conference centers.
Pres Biden will sign 10 more executive orders related to COVID-19 today including directing agencies to use the National Defense Production Act to compel companies to prioritize making supplies like N95 masks & swabs. He also released a 23 page plan. More: https://t.co/6yiqUGbpmS— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 21, 2021
The administration will staff these sites with personnel from federal agencies as well as first responders and medical personnel serving in the military. The government also plans to partner with federally qualified health centers to help reach undeserved communities to distribute vaccines and mobile clinics will also be set up.
- In order to further distribute vaccine doses, the Biden administration plans to discontinue the Trump administration’s policy of “holding back significant levels of doses”. More states will also be urged by the Biden administration to encourage vaccinations.
- Biden plans to issue an executive order setting up a Covid-19 pandemic testing board. The idea is for the board to offer a “clear, unified approach to testing”, according to Biden administration officials.
- Biden will sign another executive order to make testing for the virus free for Americans who don’t have health coverage and offer ways some of the most vulnerable Americans can get help.
- The Biden administration is also looking to fix supply shortfalls. Biden plans to direct federal agencies to fulfil supply shortfalls using the Defense Production Act.
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