President-elect Joe Biden promised his supporters repeatedly during his campaign that his plan for taking control of the COVID-19 pandemic was far superior to anything that President Donald Trump had come up with, when in reality it was essentially the same tactics.
Biden also said all of this while Trump was being overseeing Operation Warp Speed and setting a historical record for a vaccine rollout, which will literally be discussed by experts for generations and likely used as a model for future pandemics.
But on Friday, Biden did mention a new strategy, one that might not sit well with some Americans, as it sounds like something straight out of a Hollywood-made, pre-apocalyptic movie plot.
He pledged to deploy thousands of “vaccination centers” across the United States, which will be run by agents of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and assisted by National Guard units.
Reuters has the story:
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Friday said he would order increased production of syringes and other supplies to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 and improve upon the Trump administration rollout that he has called a “dismal failure.”
Under Biden’s plan, federal disaster-relief workers would set up thousands of vaccination centers, where retired doctors would administer shots to teachers, grocery store workers, people over 65 years old and other groups who do not currently qualify.
According to a document released by his transition team, Biden would invoke the Defense Production Act to increase production of equipment needed to distribute the vaccines, such as glass vials, needles and syringes. He would also use the law to support vaccine refrigeration and storage.
States that use their National Guard in the effort would be reimbursed by the federal government, the transition team said.
With infection rates soaring, Biden has promised to do better than President Donald Trump to curb the virus, and get 100 million vaccine shots into the arms of Americans during his first 100 days in office. Biden takes office on Wednesday.
The coronavirus has killed more than 389,000 people in the United States and infected about 7% of the population. A top adviser said the death tally could reach 500,000 by February.
Speaking on Friday afternoon near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden called for increasing vaccine distribution in lower-income neighborhoods not currently well served by public health hospitals and pharmacies. Biden also plans a marketing campaign to encourage those skeptical of the vaccine to get inoculated.
“This is a time to set big goals and pursue them with courage and conviction because the health of the nation is literally at stake,” Biden said.
His transition team said he will reorganize the vaccine distribution team currently called “Operation Warp Speed” and has asked former Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler to work with manufacturers to boost vaccine availability.
Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus plan on Thursday that includes $20 billion for vaccine distribution as well as $50 billion for coronavirus testing, which experts and officials said should help speed the process up.
I don’t know about you, but I can assure you that there will not come a point in time where I’m standing around in a FEMA vaccination camp waiting to receive a vaccine for anything, at least at this point.