Joe Biden Says ‘More People May Die’ If Trump Keeps Obstructing Transition
Written by Huffingtonpost on November 16, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden stated Monday that the largest menace posed by President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Biden’s transition group is that “extra individuals might die” if he can’t entry the outgoing administration’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans.
When Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivered remarks on the financial system in Wilmington, Delaware, an NBC reporter requested Biden what he noticed as the largest menace to his transition, “given President Trump’s unprecedented try and hinder and delay a clean switch of energy.”
“Extra individuals might die if we don’t coordinate,” Biden answered. “As my chief of workers, Ron Klain, would say … a vaccine is essential. It’s of little use till you’re vaccinated. So how can we get the vaccine, how can we recover from 300 million People vaccinated? What’s the sport plan?”
Trump has refused to concede the election, regardless of all main media networks projecting Biden, who’s far forward in each the favored and electoral votes, because the winner. Trump’s marketing campaign continues to allege voter fraud and ballot-counting irregularities, however lacks the proof to show it.
The Trump-appointed head of the Basic Providers Administration has refused to acknowledge Biden because the president-elect, obstructing his group’s entry to mandatory funds, workplaces and personnel that might facilitate a clean switch of energy.
A part of that transition contains sharing important data from Operation Warp Pace, the Trump administration’s program that facilitates and accelerates the event, manufacturing and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
“It’s an enormous, big, big enterprise to get it achieved, prioritize these best in want, and work our manner by way of it ― and likewise cooperate with the World Well being Group and the remainder of the world in coping with this,” Biden stated.
“If we now have to attend till Jan. 20 to begin that planning, it places us behind over a month, month and a half,” he defined. “So it’s essential that it’s achieved, that there be coordination ― now, or as quickly as we will get that achieved.”
In his remarks on Monday, the president-elect additionally implored People to proceed sporting face masks because the nation heads into the winter with COVID-19 circumstances surging.
“It’s about patriotism,” Biden stated of sporting masks to stop the unfold of the coronavirus. “It’s about being patriotic. It’s about saving lives, for actual; it’s not a hyperbole.”
In the meantime, Trump and plenty of Republican leaders declare that masks mandates take away People’ freedoms and don’t make a distinction in curbing the virus’ unfold. Public well being consultants have lengthy stated that sporting a masks may also help cease the unfold of the virus and save lives.
“I strongly urge you to do it,” Biden stated. “There’s nothing macho about not sporting a masks.”
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