CNN’s Chris Cuomo tore into his own network’s reporting that President Joe Biden’s administration is “starting from scratch” on a COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan.
CNN reported on Thursday that Biden’s White House is “inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration.” It quotes a source saying, “There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch.”
Cuomo interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday night — who was a member of the Trump White House coronavirus task force and is now Biden’s chief medical adviser.
During “Cuomo Prime Time,” Cuomo said, “Another thing that I don’t buy comes out of our reporting…that people in the administration say they’re starting from scratch with the vaccine. No, they’re not!”
Cuomo continued, “You have an infrastructure out there that you’re well aware of that has to be improved. But they shouldn’t get any benefit of a low bar here either.”
“Are they gonna scrap it or are they going to build on it, make it better?” he asked Fauci.
Fauci said, “No, no they’re not going to scrap it,” adding with a laugh, “I was involved in the development of that stuff. They were not going to scrap that.”
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Chris Cuomo rips CNN's own reporting on Joe Biden’s WH 'starting from scratch' on vaccine rollout: 'No, they're not!' pic.twitter.com/DsGEgdMUmq— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) January 22, 2021
Fauci earlier that day said at a White House press briefing, “We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.”
The nation’s top infectious disease expert also said during that briefing that he feels different speaking about the pandemic under Biden’s administration than Trump’s, as IJR reported.
He said, “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is and know that’s it, let the science speak, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”
Fauci has said that Biden’s goal of 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days is “absolutely a doable thing.”