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Biden transition spokesperson Kate Bedingfield says the team is moving forward now that they will be receiving COVID-19 briefings.

Jen Psaki, advisor to the Biden-Harris transition, and Bedingfield were asked for the specifics surrounding the conversations they are having around the coronavirus and what briefings they are looking to hold with the Trump administration.

Bedingfield noted the team has reached out to agencies and the White House to request briefings focused on Operation Warp Speed, vaccine distribution, testing, and the supply of personal protective equipment.

“We’re beginning those briefings today. We expect the remainder to take place immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday. So they are moving forward expeditiously,” Bedingfield said.

Watch her comments below (starting at 11:30):

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She added, “Obviously our teams have had a lot of time to work through the core questions that they need to pose and the pieces of information that they most want to have clear visibility into.”

Bedingfield explained the agency review teams believe “that they are getting good information and are looking forward to this briefing today and to these additional briefings moving forward.”

Biden is expected to deliver remarks Wednesday on his coronavirus response, as IJR previously reported.

The former vice president told reporters Tuesday his team has spoken to Dr. Anthony Fauci and said he has been “very, very helpful.”

The Government Services Administration (GSA) paved the way for Biden to begin a transition this week, as IJR previously reported.

In an interview with NBC News that aired on Tuesday night, Biden revealed the outreach from the Trump administration “has been sincere — it has not been begrudging so far, and I don’t expect it to be.”

Biden introduced his foreign policy and national security team on Tuesday. He will reveal who will be on his economic team and some of his other nominees next week.

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