Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the official in charge of overseeing President Trump’s effort to distribute COVID-19, blasted Joe Biden for saying that the Trump administration has no plans to vaccinate Americans.
The White House official in charge of supervising the Trump Administration’s work to support the approval, production, and distribution of a vaccine for coronavirus clapped back at Democratic President-elect Joe Biden for claiming that President Trump’s administration “has no plan to vaccinate Americans.”
In response to these allegations, Dr. Slaoui stated that there would be a scheduled briefing with Joe Biden and his team this coming week.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser for U.S. efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine, said that he planned to meet with President-elect Joe Biden this week before the expected first round of vaccinations in the country later this month https://t.co/zC3qG5HO5o pic.twitter.com/ZJBt8toK8x
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 7, 2020
Other than this bold allegation by Biden saying that President Trump “has no plan to vaccinate Americans,” he also added another allegation stating that the Trump Administration has no detailed plan on how to distribute the virus to individuals, alleging that the Trump administration does not have enough understanding of “how you get the vaccine our of a container, into an injection syringe, into somebody’s arm.”
All these allegations from Biden were slammed by the Trump Administration’s vaccine Czar, researcher, and former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines, Dr. Moncef Slaoui.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui told CNN that the White House definitely has plans to make the COVID-19 vaccine available and that Joe Biden and his team already had a briefing scheduled. Slaoui suggests that the President-elect Biden should be aware that the Trump administration did not just plan but have a full operation in motion.
“There is no detailed plan that we’ve seen, anyway,” Biden said. Slaoui pushed back on Biden’s remarks… arguing there is a detailed distribution plan but Biden’s transition team hasn’t yet been fully briefed." https://t.co/FKfAlNgugQ
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) December 7, 2020
NBC News also reported late last Sunday that Dr. Slaoui pushed back Joe Biden’s remarks and said in an interview with CNN’s State of the Union that there is a detailed distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, Joe Biden’s team has not been briefed yet.
The Trump administration and Biden’s team are set to meet this week to talk about these issues. The NBC News also added, “Slaoui will be the latest top health official to meet with the Biden team as the transition gets underway.”
Meanwhile, last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, had agreed to work as Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor and had met with the incoming administration.
Dr. Fauci appeared to be in regular contact with the Biden’s team and is familiar enough with the presumptive incoming Biden administration to have already accepted a position with Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force.
Dr. Fauci is also familiar with the Trump Administration’s vaccine plan. He told CNN town hall last week that although the vaccine is already set for distribution as soon as the Food and Drug Administration gave its approval. Dr. Fauci also stated that it might be April before most Americans who are not particularly vulnerable or among the health care workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
This statement by Dr. Fauci follows what Dr. Slaoui told the media last Sunday as he stated, “I think we may start to see some impact on the most susceptible people probably in the month of January and February.” Slaoui, however, added, “But on a population basis, for our lives to start getting back to normal, we’re talking about April or May.”
On Sunday, both Dr. Slaoui and the Department of Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azer noted that the coronavirus vaccines are already on the ground and are just waiting to be distributed.
Late last week, the majority of the vaccines arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, and the Trump administration is just waiting for approval from the FDA to put the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine into motion.