“Come on, Give Me a Break, Man”: Biden Admin Plays Vaccine Politics, Fauci Contradicts New Boss

Biden officials claimed their predecessors left nothing on vaccination distribution behind despite Dr. Anthony Fauci saying otherwise. One CNN reporter even tried to spin Fauci as a Trump loyalist to defend Biden.


Newly inaugurated Joe Biden’s coronavirus response team said on a press call there was no “plan” for distributing a covid-19 vaccine left behind by the Trump administration.

  • Jeff Zients, Biden’s coronavirus task force coordinator, was quoted as saying the situation left behind by the Trump administration was “so much worse than we could have imagined”, with The Hill speculating it was an effort to “tamp down any expectations” in the coming months.
  • However, Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the CDC’s infectious disease division, pushed back on the report that the Trump Administration left behind nothing, saying “we’re coming in with fresh ideas but also some ideas that were not bad with the previous administration.”
  • Vaccine rollouts have been slower than hoped, with New York, the state hit hardest by the coronavirus, throwing out vaccine doses as a result of the governor’s strict vaccination guidelines (which have since been amended).
  • The United States is not the only country with vaccination problems: Germany is facing logistical challenges.
  • Amazon has joined the vaccine controversy, publicly offering the Biden administration assistance in vaccine distribution, an offer that was never publicly made for the Trump administration.
  • When pressed about his administration’s vaccination ambitions, President Biden chided the reporter, saying “Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start, 100 million.”


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