Presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday that his team will soon be “weeks or months” behind in its COVID-19 response efforts and vaccine distribution plans without additional cooperation from the Trump administration.
“I am optimistic, but we should be further along,” Mr. Biden said at a virtual roundtable with “front-line” COVID-19 workers.
“We’ve been unable to get access to the kinds of things we need to know about the depth of the stockpiles — we know there’s not much at all,” he said.
He said they need a better sense of how vaccines will be distributed and who will be first in line.
“There’s a whole lot of things that we just don’t have available to us,” he said. “Unless it’s made available soon, we’re going to be behind by weeks or months being able to put together the whole initiative relating to the biggest promise we have with two drug companies coming along and finding 95% effectiveness,