USA: 'We should be further along' — Biden on transition and vaccine distribution

US President-elect Joe Biden warned COVID-19 vaccine distribution could «be behind by weeks or months,» as the administration of US President Donald Trump has refused to cooperate with the transition team since the election. Biden was speaking at a virtual meeting with front-line healthcare workers on Wednesday, in Wilmington. Biden said the transition team had been unable to get access to essential information to implement a plan to curb the pandemic, such as the depth of the stockpiles, noting «we know there's not much at all» as well as other steps needed to prepare for the distribution of upcoming coronavirus vaccines for over 300 million citizens. «We are going to be behind by weeks or months being able to put together the whole initiative relating to the biggest promise we have, with two drug companies coming along and finding 95 percent effectiveness, efficiency in the vaccines, which is an enormous promise. So I just want to tell you that, that's the only slow-down right now that we have,» Biden said. Biden condemned the incumbent administration and leaders for not taking a responsible position out of fear of retribution from the President, letting States go bankrupt and not being of charge of handling the epidemic. «Hopefully when he's [US President Donald Trump] gone, they [opposition leaders] will be more willing to do what they know should be done, has to be done, in order to save the communities they live in,» he concluded. Trump has yet to concede the election to Biden, alleging widespread voter fraud in tweets and during press conference following the election. His legal teams have launched a series of court cases in an attempt to overturn the results, though no viable evidence has yet been provided for the fraud claims.

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