The largest downside to this point has not been an absence of vaccine, however the difficulties that state and native governments face in distributing the doses they’ve. Capacity and logistics, not shortages, are preserving vaccines from being administered.
Dr. Leana S. Wen, an emergency doctor and public well being skilled on the George Washington University School of Public Health, mentioned she was stunned and anxious about Mr. Biden’s new technique.
“This is not the problem we’re trying to solve right now,” Dr. Wen mentioned.
Speaking at a news briefing on Friday, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, the F.D.A. commissioner, urged states which have used solely a small a part of their provide to start vaccinating lower-priority teams, whereas nonetheless observing authorities tips. Most states are nonetheless prioritizing frontline well being care staff and older Americans in group residential settings.
Expanding the focused teams “will go a long way toward using these vaccines appropriately and getting them into the arms of individuals,” Dr. Hahn mentioned.
Biden advisers haven’t mentioned the remainder of their plan to overtake vaccine distribution; they are saying extra particulars will likely be launched subsequent week. Mr. Biden has at all times promised a much more muscular federal response than Mr. Trump’s leave-it-to-the-states method, and he has been outlining his imaginative and prescient in public appearances and interviews with native radio stations whereas campaigning early this week for Georgia’s Democratic Senate candidates.
“Our plan is going to focus on getting shots into arms, including by launching a fundamentally new approach, establishing thousands of federally run or federally supported community vaccination centers of various size located in places like high school gymnasiums and N.F.L. stadiums,” Mr. Biden mentioned throughout an interview with WFXE-FM in Columbus, Ga.
“And,” he went on, “they can be run by federal staff, contractors, volunteers, including FEMA, you know, the emergency management group, the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. military, the National Guard.”