Biden transition, U.S. coronavirus vaccine teams to meet amid surge, distribution questions

Biden transition, U.S. coronavirus vaccine teams to meet amid surge, distribution questions


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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump holds coronavirus response event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Trump holds coronavirus response event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington

By Doina Chiacu

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief adviser for U.S. efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine said on Sunday he planned to meet with President-elect Joe Biden’s team this week to discuss the program before the expected first round of vaccinations this month.

Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed initiative, said he has not yet met with Biden, who last week criticized the Trump administration’s vaccine distribution plan.

“We really look forward to it because actually things have been really very appropriately planned,” Slaoui said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Biden said on Friday his team had not seen a detailed outline from the Trump administration to distribute a vaccine to states, which he called an expensive and difficult process.

“There is no detailed plan that we’ve seen, anyway, as to how you get the vaccine out of a container, into an injection syringe, into somebody’s arm,” Biden said

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