‘Too rigid and confusing’: Biden calls out states for hampering vaccine distribution efforts

In the weeks before his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden has been vocal about his plans to increase COVID-19 testing and vaccinations upon taking office on Wednesday.

While much of his criticism has been aimed at President Donald Trump, the former vice president likely shocked some of his fellow Democrats with a recent speech in which he laid much of the blame for slow vaccine distribution on a number of states.

“The process of establishing priority groups”

Biden’s remarks came during an address on Friday that focused on his plan to increase the speed and efficiency through which vaccines are delivered to patients nationwide.

“The process of establishing priority groups is driven by science, but the problem is the implementation has been too rigid and confusing,” he declared.

Of course, Biden also made it clear that he has no intention of following Trump’s plan that leaves it to the states to decide how best to distribute the vaccine doses to their residents.

Instead, his proposal is said to favor federal control of the entire process, along with the imposition of a centralized distribution plan for states and localities to follow.

Politico reported that tens of millions of doses had been rapidly distributed to various states, per Trump’s plan, but getting the vaccine to individual patients had been significantly hampered in many locations by bureaucratic red tape and even contradictory guidelines for recipients and providers.

“That’s the bottom line”

As a result, many in the medical community have been effectively paralyzed in their efforts to determine who is eligible to receive a dose as well as figuring out what can be done with extra doses if no eligible recipients are immediately available.

Reports indicate some of the much-needed supply has been wasted in the process, an issue articulated this week by former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

“The more rules we create, the more penalties we put in place, the fewer vaccines that are going to be delivered,” he cautioned. “That’s the bottom line.”

As noted by NPR, Biden’s plan would largely retain existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, albeit with a few notable changes.

Among the alterations that the president-elect referenced in the plan he revealed on Friday are increasing the group of eligible recipients, creating more vaccination sites, increasing federal and state supplies, creating a workforce dedicated to distribution and administration of the vaccines, and a massive public relations campaign meant to increase public trust.

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  1. It sure is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback! But I remember what all of you said in the beginning. I’m an “elephant” and we never forget .

    1. Once in office and now the best thing the president elected could do is avoid negative remarks about former presidents. SET THE EXAMPLE HE WANTS TO PRESENT TO TTHE USA AND WORLD AT LARGE.

    2. You realize when people have dementia they change minute by minute. We have friends their parents have struggled , the whole family suffers. The family loses their person time after time, it’s like two deaths, I feel like pelosi might be headed that way, she is not always forgets, or slurs.

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  3. Same old story, get everybody depending on the federal government. The people are easier to control that way.

    1. incompetent or evil?!? osama, ooopppsss, obama pretended to be incompetent to push his evil agenda to destroy the US…

    1. Wow, DO I AGREE WITH THAT, the old fool isn’t in office yet, he should keep his radical mouth SHUT!!! biden is nothing but a old radical nitwit, those who voted for this pos will soon regret it and quiet a few have ALREADY REGRETED IT….BUT MANY, MANY MORE TO COME.

  4. Oh yes, we all know how great the federal government is at cutting red tape. We also know, from experience how wonderful the fed’s are at understanding the dynamics of every state. Then again, Joe Biden, lifer politician and Dimwit. What can possibly go wrong? (Sarcasm intended)

  5. Biden is a moron. Always has been.
    The dems have a silly robot in the Whitehouse come Wednesday and the Commies in China as well as the rest of world bad actors are really happy.

    Let’s see how long before all the nitwits who actually voted for these fools start to regret their choice. Of course we know that a real ‘count” would have allowed Joe to just sleep in his basement forever.

    Really pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I read somewhere that two Democratic House of Reps got COVID after they attended the metting last week. And that was the same meeting where Pelosi was voted as the Head of the House of reps. At that meeting there were 3 Democratic reps who already had COVID but were allowed to come in and vote for Pelosi. This is disgusting. They should not have been allowed to attend or vote. They infected the other members. I hope the congress changes the rules and does not allow these infected members to attend any future meetings.

  7. With dementia Joe taking office how plagiarized speech will he spew forth considering he has no original thought of his own & foreign governments will he have a teleprompter in front of him so he knows what to say

    1. I hope so, but he probably will not be able to read it correctly. He is a pitiful excuse for a president. If that is all America has to offer, we may as well give up now !

  8. Obiously they are getting ahead of themselves since Trump still has 3 more day in his presidency and I read that the woman who married Biden has before her divorce has already made plan as to what she will do as first lady and that Melania did not do this like Jill Biden did. But Melania has a better disposition than Jil nd Melania is more beautiful from the inside out than Jill. No body can beat Melania.

  9. I’m writing a letter to the Pope as are others from my church….We want to know why Joe Biden can commit Adultery and not be excommunicated from the church…let alone take the oath of office with the Catholic Bible…Nancy Polosi had an affair for many years with Chuck Schumer and she is a Catholic to…Then we hear that they have money in the Vatican Bank…This stinks…!!!!!!!!

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