President Joe Biden spent much of last year promising that he’d handle the COVID-19 crisis better than Donald Trump.
Within his first week in office, Biden has already massively botched the coronavirus vaccine rollout, reportedly losing track of up to 20 million vaccine doses slated to be sent to various states across the US.
According to a new Politico report published on Saturday, Biden’s vaccine takeover is a “mess,” according to an administration adviser.
“After a week on the job, Biden’s team is still trying to locate upwards of 20 million vaccine doses that have been sent to states — a mystery that has hampered plans to speed up the national vaccination effort,” Politico reported. “They’re searching for new ways to boost production of a vaccine stockpile that they’ve discovered is mostly empty. And they’re nervously eyeing a series of new Covid-19 strains that threaten to derail the response.”
Biden’s team is struggling to cover just the basics of the vaccine rollout, the report went on, and the team leaders appear to be “struggling to get a handle on basic information” regarding the plan.
Of course, Biden’s team has blamed the chaos on predecessor Donald Trump, complaining that the “vaccine program is in worse shape than we anticipated or expected,” failing to acknowledge that red states such as Texas and Florida have vaccinated a record number of individuals using doses distributed by the Trump administration.
Biden’s team has also not been able to explain why the Trump administration was able to successfully distribute millions of doses of the vaccine nationwide prior to the transition of power with few hiccups.
As with many of Biden’s glowing pre-election promises, he’s finding that following through on the vows he made to the American people to get elected is far more difficult than anticipated.
“Getting America vaccinated will be one of the greatest operational challenges we’ve ever faced, but my administration will spare no effort to get it done,” Biden tweeted on January 12. “We’re going to ensure the vaccine is distributed quickly, equitably, and free of charge to every American.”
Just weeks later, the Biden administration has struck a very different tone.
“This isn’t over any time soon,” said Craig Fugate, a former Obama administration adviser that worked on the Trump-Biden transition. “There may not be a bright red line where when we cross that line, we’re done, we’re finished, and everything’s going to be great.”