Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday said that the US needs “an effective distribution plan” for a COVID-19 vaccine — before admitting he didn’t study the plan put out by the Trump administration earlier in the day.
“They haven’t put one in place for real yet, number one. Number two, I haven’t seen the detail of it. And it may be — it may be a very good plan as is,” Biden said at a press conference in Wilmington, Del.
The former vice president called for a distribution plan that resembles the one unveiled in government documents earlier on Wednesday.
“If I’m elected president, I’ll begin by implementing an effective distribution plan. From the minute I take office — that’s what I discussed with the experts in a briefing today,” Biden said.
Biden said his plan would include “a detailed timetable for when people will get the vaccine, clear delineation of priority of populations that get the vaccine [and] a specific means and mechanism for shipping and storing vaccine at appropriate temperatures.”
Biden stressed his concern about the temperature-controlled transportation of a vaccine and decisions on who would get the shots first.
“It would go first, as laid out for me today, to first responders doctors and nurses,” Biden said. After that, “the first would go to the people most susceptible.”
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