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Biden Vows to Ramp Up COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

President-elect Joe Biden said he plans to be aggressive in fighting COVID-19 upon taking office, pushing for 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days. Biden also criticized the outgoing administration Tuesday, saying it was falling short in needed vaccinations. “The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is falling far behind,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware. He vowed “to move Heaven and Earth to get us going in the right direction” once he takes office on January 20. President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater, in Wilmington, Del., Dec. 29, 2020.Biden, after being briefed by experts, said he would undertake the “greatest operational challenge we’ve ever faced as a nation” to inoculate against the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 1.7 million lives globally. COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has killed more than 335,000 Americans and infected 19.3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Drive had predicted that 20 million Americans would be vaccinated by the end of December. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as of Tuesday, with three days left in 2020, about 2.1 million had received the first shot of the two-shot vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert and Biden’s chief medical adviser, told CNN, “We certainly are not at the numbers that we wanted to be at the end of December. We are below where we want to be.” EMT Christian Ventura receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Chester County Government Services Center, in West Chester, Pa., Dec. 29, 2020.President-elect Biden said with the availability of the vaccine, he was confident the country could return to normality, but not immediately, in 2021. “The next few weeks and months are going to be very tough — a very tough period for our nation, maybe the toughest during this entire pandemic,” Biden said. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that with tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases being recorded in the United States every day, the disease “has just gotten out of control in many respects.” He said January’s caseload could exceed that of December. “You just have to assume it’s going to get worse,” Fauci said, because millions of Americans traveled to visit relatives and friends over the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, quite likely spreading the virus. Harris vaccinatedEarlier Tuesday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, received their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Harris pulled up the left sleeve of her blouse at a community health care center in Washington and told a nurse, “OK, let’s do it.” Harris, who is Black and Indian American, received the first of her two required shots at a facility that primarily serves African Americans, a televised reminder to minorities, who have been disproportionately hard hit by the coronavirus, to get vaccinated in the coming months. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Patricia Cummings, at United Medical Center in southeast Washington, Dec. 29, 2020.Biden received his first vaccination shot last week. President Donald Trump has been advised to postpone getting vaccinated because he was treated with monoclonal antibodies during his recent hospitalization with COVID-19. Fauci said Biden, by “showing leadership from the top,” could make an impact in fighting the virus — a comment that appeared to be implicit criticism of outgoing Trump, who has often belittled the impact of the virus and said little publicly about it since losing reelection to Biden last month.  “What he’s saying is that let’s take at least 100 days and everybody, every single person put aside this nonsense of making masks be a political statement or not,” Fauci said of Biden. “We know what works. We know social distancing works. We know avoiding congregant settings works. For goodness sakes, let’s all do it, and you will see that curve will come down.”  Biden has pledged to distribute 100 million vaccine shots in his first 100 days in office and said he wants to secure money for measures to safely open as many schools as possible. He said he will sign an executive order requiring masks to be worn on federal property.  New variantAlso, the Mountain state of Colorado reported the first U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant that had been found in Britain, state Governor Jared Polis said Tuesday. A state health official said a man in his 20s, who had no travel history, tested positive for the virus and was being isolated southeast of Denver, the state capital. British scientists said the new COVID-19 variant is more contagious than previously identified strains of the coronavirus. The discovery of the new variant led the CDC to issue new rules on Christmas Day for travelers arriving to the U.S. from Britain, requiring they show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Ken Bredemeier contributed to this report.
 

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