Clyburn Issues Statement on Biden Plan to Accelerate Vaccine Distribution
Washington, D.C. (January 15, 2021) — Today, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, issued the following statement regarding President-elect Biden’s announcement of his vaccination distribution plan in the wake of a press report that the Trump Administration, contrary to earlier claims by senior officials, has already exhausted coronavirus vaccine reserves:
“President-elect Biden’s remarks this afternoon laying out his national vaccine distribution plan were exactly what our nation needed to hear during this difficult time. The incoming Administration’s plan to invest $20 billion to increase vaccine production, establish community vaccination centers and mobile clinics, activate pharmacies, and hire 100,000 public health workers will finally give our nation the opportunity to move past the Trump Administration’s mishandling of this crisis. This national leadership will give every American the opportunity to receive a lifesaving vaccine as soon as possible, enabling our nation finally defeat this pandemic.”
“January 20 cannot come soon enough. I was dismayed to learn that the Trump Administration once again misled the American people and sowed confusion during a deadly pandemic by claiming it would release vaccine doses from reserves that had already been depleted. Millions of Americans are counting on vaccines to allow them to return to their lives safely, and states need accurate information about available doses in order to plan ahead. I am deeply disappointed that the Trump Administration has yet again mishandled a critical aspect of the public health response.”
“The Trump Administration’s missteps have extended to nearly every facet of this crisis and have cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The Select Subcommittee’s investigations have shown that the outgoing Administration repeatedly misled the American people about the dangers of the virus, advocated a herd immunity strategy allowed political considerations to dictate the nation’s pandemic response, and failed to comply with bipartisan oversight of vaccine development and distribution. The Select Subcommittee is committed to continuing its investigations into the Trump Administration’s mishandling of the pandemic in order to assist the Biden-Harris Administration in quickly correcting the many failures. That will start with correcting the Trump Administration’s slow and disorganized vaccine distribution by implementing the President-elect’s national vaccination plan effectively, efficiently, and equitably."