US President-elect Joe Biden promised a tireless effort to fight Covid-19 as soon as he takes office on Tuesday when he warned Donald Trump’s vaccination campaign was dangerously neglected.
After a briefing from experts, Biden promised that as President he would take on “the greatest operational challenge we have ever faced as a nation” to vaccinate against the disease that killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide .
“The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is falling far behind,” Biden said, promising, “I’ll move heaven and earth to get us in the right direction.”
The Trump administration had predicted that 20 million Americans would be vaccinated by the end of December.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 2.1 million people received the first vaccine in less than three days.
Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, confirmed that he will be invoking the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to force private industry to increase vaccine production for the government.
He also pleaded with Americans to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and said he would put face coverings in areas where the federal government has jurisdiction, such as the public B. Aircraft, impose a mandate.
“We are planning a nationwide effort and will work to set up vaccination sites and send mobile units to hard-to-reach communities,” said Biden.
“We’re going to make sure the vaccines are evenly distributed so that everyone can get one, regardless of their skin color or where they live.”
He was confident of returning to normal in 2021 – but not immediately.
“We may not see any improvement until March as it will take some time for our Covid Response Plan to make any visible progress,” said Biden.
“The next few weeks and months are going to be very tough – a very tough time for our nation, perhaps the toughest in this entire pandemic.”
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