Biden administration members acknowledged that they were lagging behind in receiving the coronavirus vaccine in the hands of Americans across the country, but blamed the delay in the “bottlenecks” and the lack of a comprehensive plan from Trump’s White House.
Ron Klein, Biden’s presidential nominee for White House chief of staff, said the vaccination plan “didn’t really exist when we entered the White House.”
“The main difference between Biden’s approach and Trump’s is that we will take responsibility to the federal government,” Klein told NBC News on Sunday.
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“The plane is in the nose. And we have to download it, “Becera told CNN. “And you won’t do it overnight.” But we will download it. We need to download it. Failure is not an option. “
“But first you have to save people, you have to save the economy,” he said. “President Biden has made it clear: this is not going to happen overnight.”
He ignored CNN’s “State of the Union” question about when anyone who wants a vaccine against COVID-19 “will be able to get one.”
“Well, it’s a matter of ensuring coordination with the states, because it’s not the federal government that puts the vaccine on hand,” he told the Union State.
“But we are trying to provide it or provide the resources and they are helping to make it happen. And what we want to make sure is that the locals, when they do that, have a clear plan, “Becera continued.
Pressed by a schedule for the vaccine by CNN presenter Dana Bash, Betsera said she could not say exactly when this would happen, but said the Biden administration would be transparent about their plans.
“We give people direct information. We are not trying to hide the ball. And once we have this information, I guarantee you, we will share, “he said.
Betsera also defended Biden’s promise to commit to 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days in office, saying the president was working with the data he had before entering the White House.
“Once we get into the House, taking care of the business, we can get more precision, but you have to give us a chance to understand what’s going on in the cockpit that makes this plane dive so hard,” he said.
Klein said that achieving 100 million shots would still be a “great achievement”.