By: MICHAEL DELGADO
President Joe Biden will sign multiple executive orders this coming week to better prepare the country for the incoming COVID-19 vaccine. The orders will help distribute the vaccines as quickly as possible. Following the original plan to roll them out in the coming months.
The one issue is they have no plan.
White House sources Wednesday said the outgoing Trump administration left them no plan on getting the vaccine to Americans. This poses a significant challenge for the new administration who reiterated multiple times a promise to vaccinate 100 million Americans in 100 days,
“We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” said one anonymous source.
All may not be as dire as it seems though. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser said the previous administration left them something to work with. “We’re certainly not starting from scratch,” he said adding that the current administration is merely strengthening the ongoing distribution efforts laid out by the previous. “You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all,”
Either way the Biden administration faces a daunting first task of 100 million doses in just 100 days. While not impossible as pointed out by CDC director Rochelle Walensky, “it will be a hefty lift.” They hope to overcome such hurdles as supplemental funding to individual states, vaccine appointment scheduling throughout all the states, state department staff shortages, and changes to the last administration’s plan.
The Biden Administration remains confident nevertheless. Steadfast in their belief that is at the very least possible. They hope to keep their campaign promise. With the nation’s eyes upon it, they must get to work.