Biden criticises pace of Trump’s COVID vaccine roll-out
President-elect Joe Biden criticised the Trump administration’s roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, saying that its “plan to distribute vaccines is falling behind, far behind”.
“The effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that just more than 2.1 million vaccine doses have been given to date, far from the 20 million health officials promised would be given by the end of the year.
“The pace of the vaccination programme is moving now, if it continues to move as it is now, it’s going to take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people,” Biden continued.
Biden promised that his administration “will spare no effort” to get 100 million shots administered by the end of his first 100 days as president, or by the end of April.
He pledged to ramp up the current speed of vaccinations to one million shots a day, or five to six times the current pace, and acknowledged it “will still take months to have the majority of Americans vaccinated”.