As they were settling into the White House on Wednesday, Biden administration officials were reportedly stunned to discover that President Joe Biden’s predecessor didn’t have a plan with regards to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.
A source told CNN on Thursday morning that the new administration will “have to build everything from scratch” thanks to former President Donald Trump’s reported lack of strategy with the vaccine rollout.
“There is nothing for us to rework,” they said.
Biden will have to start from “square one,” said another source, who called Trump’s nonexistent distribution plan “just further affirmation of complete incompetence.”
CNN’s report followed the Biden COVID-19 team’s public remarks laying out how the new president will tackle the pandemic, which has now surpassed a death toll of 400,000 in the U.S.
Vaccine coordinator Bechara Choucair told reporters on Wednesday evening that the administration would create “community vaccination centers” run by federal officials as part of its goal to get Americans injected as quickly as possible.
The Biden team is aiming to reach 100 million injections within the first 100 days of the new presidency.
Additionally, the administration plans to issue federal guidelines to states on vaccine distribution.