The biggest problem so far is not the lack of vaccine, but the difficulties faced by state and local authorities in distributing the doses they have. Capacity and logistics, not shortages, prevent vaccines from being administered.
Dr. Leana S. Wen, an emergency physician and public health expert at George Washington University School of Public Health, said she was surprised and concerned about Mr. Biden’s new strategy.
“This is not the problem we are trying to solve right now,” Dr. Wen said.
During a news briefing on Friday, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, FDA Commissioner, called on countries that have used only a small portion of their supplies to start vaccinating lower-priority groups while following government guidelines. . Most states still give priority to first-line health workers and older Americans in group housing.
Biden’s advisers did not discuss the rest of their plan to overhaul the spread of vaccines; say more details will be published next week. Mr Biden has always promised a far more muscular federal response than Trump’s approach to leaving states, and outlined his vision in public appearances and interviews with local radio stations as he campaigned for Georgia’s Democratic Senate candidates earlier this week.
“Our plan will focus on gunshots, including by launching a fundamentally new approach, creating thousands of federally managed or federally supported municipal vaccination centers of various sizes, located in places such as high schools and NFL stadiums,” Biden said during an interview with WFXE-FM in Columbus, Ms.
“And,” he continued, “they can be run by federal personnel, contractors, volunteers, including FEMA, you know, the emergency management group, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Army, the National Guard.”