‘We’re starting from scratch’ with vaccine plan, says Kamala, in swat at Trump’s COVID response – and despite Fauci claiming last month that Biden administration is NOT ‘starting from scratch’
- Harris said in an interview there was ‘no national strategy’ for vaccinations
- The Trump administration focused on pushing pharma firms to produce vaccine, leaving distribution mostly to the states
- Joe Biden also has complained about what he encountered when taking office
- ‘We’re starting from scratch,’ Harris told Axios
- Dr. Anthony Fauci said at the start of Biden administration it was not starting from scratch
- He also said sometimes feared for his life going into the super-spreader White House under Trump
Vice President Kamala Harris blasted the state of the vaccination program she said the Biden administration inherited when it took office.
‘There was no stockpile of vaccines,’ Harris said after nearly a month in office.
‘There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so in many ways we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for an entire year,’ she told Axios in an interview.
She then pushed back when asked if she had to readjust what was possible to achieve. ‘We’ve got to figure out a way — that has to be our standard,’ she said. ‘Our standard has to be: ‘Everything is possible, but we’re going to have to work like heck to get it done.’
‘In many ways we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for an entire year,’ Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview
The Biden administration has focused on the delivery end of vaccines since taking office, with vaccination rates finally rising to about 1.7 million a day – but numerous states are still reporting problems with lack of supply.
The government has deployment military assets to help set up vaccination centers in stadiums and is working with Wal-Mart and other pharmacies to try to boost vaccine distribution.
Biden on Thursday singled out President Trump, although he has previously praised Trump’s Operation Warp Speed for its efforts on vaccine development.
A woman receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue paramedic Neil Brown at the historic Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida, U.S. February 14, 2021
‘My predecessor, to be very blunt about it, did not do his job,’ President Joe Biden said last week
NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said the Biden administration was ‘certainly not starting from scratch’ on vaccines
‘My predecessor, to be very blunt about it, did not do his job,’ Biden said. ‘We won’t have everything fixed for a while. But we’re going to fix it.’
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who continued at his post at the National Instituted of Health into the Biden administration after occasionally tangling with Trump, made a statement Jan. 21 that was directly contradicted by Harris.
‘We’re certainly not starting from scratch, because there is activity going on in the distribution,’ Fauci said at the White House.
‘We’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas that were not bad ideas with the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all,’ he said. ‘It’s taking what’s going on, but amplifying it in a big way.’
Fauci, 80, told Axios in his own interview that he was concerned for his safety when going to coronavirus task force meetings at the Trump White House.
‘I didn’t fixate on that, but it was in the back of my mind because I had to be out there,’ he said. ‘I mean, particularly when I was going to the White House every day when the White House was sort of a super-spreader location.’