Covid-19: Biden says Trump vaccine roll-out is 'falling behind'


Joe Biden hit out at the Trump administration yesterday over the slow pace of Covid-19 vaccinations, warning it would take years to vaccine the U.S. at the current rate.

The United States Secret Service will reorganize the presidential detail as Joe Biden takes office next month over fears current agents who guard President Donald Trump could be too politically aligned.

He also has a COVID-19 task force working on ways to better streamline the government response to the pandemic and help turn the tide of infections.

Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede defeat and his administration only authorised cooperation with Biden on Nov 23.

President-elect Joe Biden is planning on including a lighting ceremony commemorating the American lives lost to COVID-19 as part of the events for his inauguration. While it has deployed about 14.7 million doses of vaccines, only approximately 2.1 million Americans have been vaccinated.

"If President-elect Biden quickly rescinds, the country should take note - he doesn't stand with American workers", Hauman added.

At the current rate of around a million shots a week, the US will come up far short of projections by Trump administration officials that every person who wants a shot would be able to get one by the spring, said Drs.

Earlier this month, Biden's team said they had met resistance to requests for information from some Pentagon officials.

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"The rapid availability and distribution of so many doses - with 20 million first doses allocated for distribution just 18 days after the first vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation - is a testament to the success of Operation Warp Speed", a US Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Celine Gounder, a member of Biden's Covid-19 advisory board, and Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health.

"The president-elect has vowed to undo many of Trump's immigration policies, but if the economy continues to struggle he may be less inclined to allow more foreign workers to join the USA labour force when millions of Americans are still unemployed", The Hill reported.

In the meantime, Mr Biden warned of a "tough period for our nation" in which "things are going to get worse before they get better".

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Earlier in the day, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received the vaccine on Tuesday, a little over one week after Biden got his first dose of the vaccine live on television.

The memorial will be held on January 19, the day before Biden will be sworn in, at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C. The pool will be lit during the ceremony.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies also announced Tuesday that they have canceled the traditional Inauguration Day luncheon on January 20 with the newly sworn-in president and vice president, citing health concerns.