Biden criticized pace of vaccine rollout, vows to accelerate

Biden criticized pace of vaccine rollout, vows to accelerate
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden criticized the Trump administration for the pace of distributing coronavirus vaccines and predicted that “things will get worse before they get better” when it comes to the nightmare pandemic.

During remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, Biden said: “We need to be honest — the next few weeks and months are going to be very tough, very tough for our nation. Maybe the toughest during this entire pandemic.”

His comments come as the Covid-19 pandemic has killed more than 336,000 Americans, with experts warning holiday gatherings and travels could precipitate yet another spike in infections even as the disease has already been surging in states nationwide.

The US President-elect encouraged Americans to “steel our spines” for challenges to come and predicted that “things are going to get worse before they get better.”

Mr Biden criticized the current administration over its vaccination efforts, warning that the project is moving at a slower pace than needed.

Mr Biden said: “As I long feared and warned the effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should.”

Trump administration officials said earlier this month that they planned to have 20 million doses of the vaccine distributed by the end of the year. But just over 11.4 million doses have been distributed and only 2.1 million people have received their first dose, according to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Biden said at the current pace “it’s gonna take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people.”

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