President Joe Biden’s White House acknowledged “confusion” over the amount of coronavirus vaccines the nation has available and blamed the disarray on former President Donald Trump’s administration Monday.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the comments in response to questions from the media during a Monday press conference. Newly-minted CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Sunday the Biden administration was struggling to determine just how much COVID-19 vaccine it had on hand.
“The confusion around this issue — which we acknowledge there is some confusion — speaks to a larger problem, which is what we’re inheriting from the prior administration — which is much worse than we could have imagined,” Psaki said. (RELATED: President Biden Tells A Reporter Asking About Vaccine Rollout To ‘Give Me A Break, Man’)
Press Sec. Jen Psaki on “confusion” over vaccine availability: Trump administration left things “much worse than we could have imagined.” pic.twitter.com/V8XCcsLf0C
— The Recount (@therecount) January 25, 2021
Yesterday on Fox News, the new CDC Director said she didn’t know how much vaccine the US has. Asked about this, Press Sec said, “We are assessing now what we have access to,” adding “what we’re inheriting from the previous administration is much worse than we could have imagined”
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) January 25, 2021
Biden has vowed to administer 100 million doses of the vaccine in his first 100 days in office. Anonymous sources within the administration told CNN last week that the Trump administration had left no vaccine distribution plan whatsoever. Dr. Anthony Fauci disputed that report in a Thursday press conference, however, in which he heavily criticized the former president but also said the new administration is not starting “from scratch.”
Dr. Fauci contradicts reports that the new administration is starting from scratch on vaccine distribution:
“We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.” pic.twitter.com/luMbsgctPK
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 21, 2021