Trump cancels plan to rapidly vaccinate White House staff


A transition official said President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to see Dr Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, and take the vaccine publicly when Dr Fauci recommended to do. Mr Biden said in a recent interview with CNN that he wanted to serve as an example. “It’s important to communicate to the American people that it’s safe; it’s safe to do, ”Biden said.

After months of Mr. Trump and his senior advisers downplaying the virus, hosting campaign rallies and year-end parties where face masks were encouraged but never required, news of White House officials suddenly caught on the virus seriously enough to demand the first doses of a vaccine. had been greeted with outrage from Democrats as well as longtime critics of the president.

George T. Conway III, a prominent Conservative lawyer and vocal critic of Mr. Trump, noted that because the vaccine required a second dose 21 to 28 days after the first injection, there was little public interest for members. White House staff to receive them. . The president has only 37 days in office.

“If they were genuinely interested in protecting employees,” Mr. Conway written on twitter, “They would have done better not to have super spreader events. “

Tim Hogan, Democratic consultant and former senior aide to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign, said Washington “will not be able to cover all healthcare workers with its first vaccine allocation, but a White House that downplayed a half-year national super spreader tour cuts the line.

He called the White House’s initial vaccination plan a “last finger for nurses and frontline doctors in the Trump administration.”

Before Mr. Trump unexpectedly changed course, a senior administration official said vaccination of officials was necessary to “provide visible leadership to the nation and the world, and to maintain the confidence of the American people.” . The official added that vaccinating West Wing officials would help “continue essential operations, without disruption” to help continue to fight the pandemic nationwide.


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