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Joe Biden’s scientific advisors have set up meetings with various coronavirus vaccine manufactures, as President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede continues to keep them in the dark about plans to roll out a vaccine to the public.
“We’re going to start those consultations this week,” Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, told the Associated Press on Sunday, adding that they would be meeting with Pfizer.
The White House COVID-19 task force is currently planning a US vaccine rollout after Pfizer said on November 9 that its coronavirus vaccine was 90% effective.
Other drugmakers, including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and AstraZeneca, are in late-stage clinical trials.
Trump has repeatedly refused to concede the US election, and has not instigated any transition process — meaning Biden and his team are forbidden from engaging with government departments to get up to speed.
But Klain said it is key that Biden’s team is permitted access to the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House’s Operation Warp Speed, a $10 billion task force set up by Trump to secure, manufacture, and roll out a vaccine.
“We need to be talking to them as quickly as possible,” Klain said. “It’s great to …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics