Public health experts warn it’s dangerous for the president-elect to be excluded from this information.
ToplineAs the U.S. braces simultaneously for a presidential power handoff and distribution of coronavirus vaccines that are expected to be approved soon, the head of the White House’s program to accelerate development of a vaccine, Operation Warp Speed, said Sunday morning that while he’s happy to work with President-elect Joe Biden, he’s been instructed not to share vaccine information with anyone outside the Trump administration.
Moncef Slaoui, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive, left, attends a press briefing about the... [+]coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Washington.ASSOCIATED PRESSKey Facts“I have been informed that I should not be saying anything confidential to anyone that’s not part of the [Trump] administration,” Moncef Slaoui told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding that he’ll “act according to what the requirements are” on potentially briefing Biden next week.
Slaoui, the scientific head of Operation Warp Speed who previously spent nearly three decades making vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline, said that the country’s vaccine operation has remained “isolated” from the “political context” of the current administration, meaning “it frankly won’t make a difference” what administration it’s working with.
However, Biden complained last week that with Trump refusing to concede the election—leading to a delay in starting the official presidential transition—he’s being denied access to information critical to the handling of the pandemic, including the plan for distributing Covid-19 vaccines once they become available.
“I hope there is no disruption in any way,” said Slaoui.Crucial Quote “All the information that I make public of course I’ll make public to the new administration,” Slaoui said, adding that he’s “highly supportive” of Operation Warp Speed and “if it means I work with the new administration, I’ll be happy to.”
Chief Critic Public health experts have warned that the delay in the presidential transition risks impairing the country’s response to a worsening pandemic. “With the pandemic worsening nationwide and only two months until the transition of power, every day the transition is delayed is a day the country cannot afford,” read a letter
by a group of nearly 200 experts last week. “Ensuring a rapid and smooth transition will save American lives.” Key Background Distribution of the vaccine appears imminent with Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday submitting an emergency use authorization request for their coronavirus vaccine candidate to the Food and Drug Administration. The companies say their final analysis of data from clinical trials found that the vaccine was 95% effective in preventing coronavirus infections. Moderna has also touted early data from trials of its vaccine candidate showing a similar rate of efficacy. Slaoui said Sunday that doses of both vaccines will begin to be made available to states within 24 hours of approval.
Georgia Republican officials reject Trump's calls to overturn election results
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, on Monday rebuffed President Donald Trump's calls to overturn the state's election results more than a week after they certified Joe Biden as the winner.
Politics over-rides human lives. Says a lot about the political leadership. Total ethical—-and potentially criminal—violation. Operation Warp Speed was financed by the American people and its findings belong to them, not to the Trump Reich. WOW! tRump lives in the land of denial! But then again we all knew tRump would not leave without crying, denying, screaming, and obstructing!
realDonaldTrump JoeBiden Insanity! Trump continues to play politics with the pandemic! Looking for a top attorney willing to take on a pro bono class action lawsuit against Trump and hack lawyer RudyGiuliani for extreme suffering and mental anguish. trumpMustGo 'With the pandemic worsening' LOL We'll have less deaths this year than we've had in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. 🤣😂 there isn't even a pandemic. It's fucking control. All about control. Look at CA, controlling food-work-events-who you see- where you go... SOCIALISM
WTF agree So 45 is throwing a tantrum at the cost of American lives, disgusting pos That's BS. It's public info on their website Why? There is no justification for this other than the White House doesn’t care about helping the nation, they only care about getting credit Whosoever behind this is gonna go behind fit,6 yeah shit!
If he has any sense of empathy for what people are going through, he will ignore the instruction. He will maintain his integrity and prove he cares about America if he does. If he listens to Trump, he will have lost all integrity. What can Trump do to him anyway? and bi-den would not be capable of processing any information anyways...look at his last documented output the other day...the man is ill.
Awwwe realDonaldTrump appropriate since realDonaldTrump is still fighting the results and bi-den has been appointed president-elect only by the msm so far. What else is new Not surprised since we are dealing with a toddler administration thanks for this news Never has there ever been a more self-absorbed self-serving narcissistic prick to hold presidency. Trump only cares about Trump and will do nothing in the way of helping Americans over the next two months if it doesn’t serve his best interest.
What would happen if he did it anyway? One MORE reason why we want realDonaldTrump and his anti immigration hench man, Stephen Miller, OUT OUT OUT of OUR WhiteHouse Good Biden would screw it up 'Righteousness is the greatest object that THE LORD exalts in the Bible. Righteousness is the EXCELLENT HOLINESS OF JESUS. SundayGrandWord ㅜ