Psaki defends Harris ‘starting from scratch’ COVID vaccine remarks

Psaki defends Harris ‘starting from scratch’ COVID vaccine remarks


WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday doubled-down on Vice President Kamala Harris’ disputed claim that the new administration was “starting from scratch” to develop a ​national ​vaccine distribution plan.

Harris on Sunday claimed the Trump White House had left the new Biden administration with “no national strategy or plan for vaccinations” — a claim that was debunked by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, weeks earlier.

“Is that the best message to say that this administration started from scratch when there were indeed doses going out the door?” asked one reporter at Psaki’s Wednesday White House briefing.

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“I don’t think most governors or most of the American people would tell you that they think it was handled effectively and efficiently by the prior administration, given we are where we are,” Psaki responded.

Biden’s spokeswoman acknowledged that there were 900,000 doses being administered each day under the Trump administration, but claimed there was no comprehensive

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