WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden will comment Friday about his plan to apply the Kovid-19 vaccine to people across the country, as security concerns postpone the dress rehearsal for his inauguration on Wednesday.
According to two sources familiar with the matter, the inauguration rehearsal was scheduled for Sunday, now postponed to Monday due to those concerns. Politico first reported the postponement.
Biden is expected to speak Friday afternoon from Willington, Delaware. He is scheduled to meet with transition advisors and will participate in a finance program for the presidential inauguration committee.
Health experts and government officials at the state and local levels have stated that the Trump administration has failed delivery of vaccines and that they never had a strategy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Thursday, more than 30 million vaccine doses were distributed nationwide, but just over 11 million people received their first dose.
Asked on Friday how the new administration planned to speed up the process, Biden candidate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services Javier Becerra said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the state and Communication and coordination with the local is required. Officer.
“They should be the ones who do it on the ground, and so we have to coordinate. So it’s a matter of working together,” said Becerra, who currently worked as California’s attorney general And previously worked in the Congress. “And so, with communication and coordination, showing that we are there – we got skin in the game, we are not going over the edge – I think what we will do, we will find that the locals will step in. They ask. We have been, we want to deliver.
In the final week, Trump administration officials finally began giving Biden’s team access to critical Kovid-19 vaccination data. After a request to attend the Operation Tana Speed Vaccine briefing last week, Trump officials finally allowed Biden’s representatives to appear, according to a person familiar with the plans. As of Thursday, the Biden infection team is yet to gain access to vaccination plans for the Defense Department’s military, the source said.
Biden has stated that he aims for a 100 million dose of Kovid-19 vaccines within the first 100 days of his presidency, which will take place in late April.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the epidemic and the case is counted. For several days in a row this week, it has crossed 4,000 deaths. According to NBC News’ Kovid-19 data tracker, 388,599 people have died of the disease and more than 23 million cases.
In other transition news:
- In a primetime speech on Thursday, Biden offered a $ 1.9 trillion relief package that he wants Congress to quickly help those struggling with the coronovirus epidemic. The plan would provide $ 1,400 direct payment and include an additional $ 400 per week for those who are unemployed. It would also raise the minimum wage to $ 15 per hour.
- A transition team official told NBC News that Biden would appoint attorney David Cohen as deputy director of the CIA. Cohen previously held a role in the Obama administration for two years and, unlike the position of CIA director, this job does not require Senate confirmation, so he can start immediately.
- The committee, overseeing the inauguration of Biden, announced on Friday morning that there are many more speakers and performers for the primetime special which will air between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday. “Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night from stories that make a difference in their communities to musical performances. Foo Fighters, John Legend and Bruce Springsteen will perform from iconic venues across the country, Joi Lovato, Justin The committee said Timberlake, Ant Clemons and John Bon Jovi will be announced before January 20 with additional performances.