But, Sebelius added, “the terrible news is that nothing else has worked at all and the federal government has backed away from every other part of the puzzle.”
Sebelius said he gave “great credit to the Trump administration for understanding that the muscles of the federal government, funding from the federal government, urgency from the federal government make a huge difference,”
However, Sebelius said he wanted such federal guidance “to be applied from day one all the way to protective equipment, to provide the necessary help and support from health personnel, making sure we have a uniform set of communications, messages and guidelines. across the country on how to turn off, how to open. “
She also apologized to the Trump administration for blocking the smooth transition to the Biden administration during a “very, very dangerous period of time,” especially as Covid-19 cases in the country continue to rise.
Shortly after Moderna published news of its promising early data on Monday morning, President Donald Trump received a credit on Twitter, saying the vaccine developments “all happened under my supervision!”
While Moderna took R&D funding from the Trump administration and worked under the supervision of the National Institutes of Health, Pfizer developed its vaccine independently, although it took a $ 1.95 billion prepayment for future vaccine deliveries under Operation Warp. Speed. Some experts interviewed by CNN said last week that the Trump administration’s purchase guarantee may have contributed to the speed with which Pfizer reached its promising early results, which the company announced last week, although they could not say. certainly how much influence the administration had.
Sebelius said that in addition to the president and his administration, the United States Senate has a duty to help respond to Covid-19.
“The Senate has the keys to the castle right now,” Sebelius said Monday.
“The Senate can actually pass a bill that gives Americans some confidence that they will have economic support, get an extra $ 600 in unemployment benefits, make sure people understand they can feed their children and pay their rent.” if we have such areas of the country to limit activities. And they have the ability to approach their president and say, “You have to act differently, you have to recognize the election and make a smooth transition,” she said. “So I really don’t want to let (Senate majority leader) Mitch McConnell off the hook.”