‘Starting from scratch’: Harris contradicts Fauci on White House COVID vaccine plan
By Mark Moore, New York Post
February 15, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris is claiming in a new interview that the Biden administration is “starting from scratch” to develop a national vaccine distribution plan because former President Donald Trump left them with nothing, contradicting comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who disputed that contention last month.
“There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations, we were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out,” Harris told ”Axios on HBO” Sunday evening.
“In many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year,” she added...
... But Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, was asked during a White House briefing on Jan. 21 whether the coronavirus team was beginning from scratch with vaccine distribution or whether it is building on what the Trump administration began.
”We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci said.
He continued to point out that Biden was trying to develop more community vaccine centers, to get pharmacies more involved and to use the Defense Production Act to ramp up vaccine production and manufacturing of needles and syringes.
“So it’s taking what’s gone on, but amplifying it in a big way,” said Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert.
His comments came just after Biden blasted his predecessor for the lack of a rollout plan...