WH Chief of Staff Claims a Plan To Distribute the COVID Vaccine To ‘the Community as a Whole’ Did ‘Not Really Exist’

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain is clarifying what has become a source of confusion around whether or not the Trump administration developed a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Klain was pressed on the confusion that has ensued after an unnamed Biden official claimed they were starting “from scratch” to develop a distribution plan.

Host Chuck Todd noted that Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden‘s chief medical adviser, has pushed back on the claim that the Trump administration did not have a distribution plan. He asked Klain to give him an “assessment” of “what you inherited” from the previous administration.

Klain began by noting that coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time, and there have been millions of doses of the vaccines administered. However, he said, “But the process to distribute the vaccine particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole did not really exist when we came into the White House.”

“As everyone in America has seen, the way in which people get vaccines is chaotic. It’s very limited,” he added.

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He continued to note roughly half of the doses that have been distributed to vaccine distribution locations have been administered. 

“The process of getting that vaccine into arms, that’s the hard process, that’s where we’re behind as a country, and that’s where we’re focused in the Biden administration,” he said.

CNN reported on Thursday that a Biden official said they were “inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration.”

“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” the official added.

However, Fauci pushed back on that narrative as he told reporters that the Biden administration was “certainly not starting from scratch.”

“Because there is activity going on in the distribution,” he added.

During an interview on CNN, Fauci also noted that he was involved in crafting a distribution plan under the Trump administration and that the new White House is incorporating parts of the old plan and is not “going to scrap it.”

Responses

  1. You can’t throw all responsibility on state and local governments without giving them the funds. And how about the Mango administration hiding the fact there was no vaccines in the stockpile. It was always political for Mango, and never in the best interest for Americans.

  2. Who else didn’t think things would get screwed up as soon as it was the state’s responsibility to make sure the vaccine got to their populations??? No different than their lack of preparedness when the epidemic first hit. The PPE/medical equipment cupboard was as bare in them as at the Federal level. Local politics will always get in the way no matter what kind of system or guidance is given from the Feds.

    As soon as the vaccine was delivered to my state (IL) they started to re-order who would be first in line to receive it as all the local political stakeholders started to demand their constituents be next after the medical professionals. And the elderly got pushed down to group 1b and are fighting to keep that place. They’ve had months to prepare for this, but no, Gov. “Putz”ker thought it was more important to play the lockdown game and send 600 of our National Guard to DC for nothing. If you’re short-handed with people who can give shots, why not ask Type1 & 2 diabetics to volunteer, they know how to give themselves shots.

  3. That’s what a Democrat claims in clarifying? In PA our walk into walls Governor said no thanks I’ll handle it. As did Cuomo. Still want to blame President Trump. How long will that go on. But now the chief of double talk Biden will straighten it out. Lol.

  4. States bear some responsibility I.e. NY. Feds distribute to states and allowing every state to get it into citizens arms should get the job done. States have known this was coming for months plus shouldn’t there be emergency plans that are updated yearly? Every state has different needs and I don’t know why it would be the feds responsibility regardless of who the President is.

    1. Um, Nina, the feds should ensure that the nation as a whole is being responsible and responsive during a NATIONAL (and international) pandemic. This is just one advantage of have a national health care system.

      1. …and disadvantage as well. The more bureaucracy you throw at a problem the less effective it becomes. This has been experienced at the EPA, Department of Education and Veterans Affairs, just to name a few. Medical distribution needs to be addressed at a level that is closest to where it is intended to help!

        1. You are confused, Winslow. As proven around the world by various countries, federal health care systems are a shining example of how government CAN and DO help their people.

  5. He’s lying. I remember them talking about distributing the vaccines to local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, using the same system in place for the flu vaccine. That’s what they are doing right now in my state.

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