The biggest problem so far has not been the lack of vaccines, but the difficulties states and local governments face in distributing the doses they have. Capacity and logistics, not shortages, prevent vaccine delivery.
Dr Leana S. Wen, an emergency physician and public health expert at the George Washington University School of Public Health, said she was surprised and concerned about Mr Biden’s new strategy.
“This is not the problem that we are trying to solve at the moment,” said Dr Wen.
Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, Dr Stephen M. Hahn, commissioner of the FDA, urged states that have only used up a small portion of their supply to start vaccinating lower priority groups , while respecting government directives. Most states still prioritize frontline health care workers and older Americans in group residential settings.
Expanding the target groups “will go a long way in helping people use these vaccines appropriately and put them in the arms of individuals,” said Dr Hahn.
Biden’s advisers haven’t discussed the rest of their vaccine distribution review plan; they say more details will be released next week. Mr. Biden has always promised a much more muscular federal response than Mr. Trump’s leave-it-it-yourself approach, and he has laid out his vision in public appearances and interviews with local radio stations while campaigning earlier this week for Georgia. Democratic candidates for the Senate.
“Our plan will focus on getting the shots in the arms, including launching a fundamentally new approach, establishing thousands of federally-run or federally-supported community vaccination centers of varying sizes located in places like high school gyms and NFL stadiums, ”Mr. Biden said in an interview with WFXE-FM in Columbus, Georgia.
“And,” he continued, “they can be led by federal staff, contractors, volunteers, including FEMA, you know, the emergency management group, the Centers for Disease Control, the US Army, National Guard.