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Biden administration *still* has no plan for global vaccine distribution – HotAir

Biden administration *still* has no plan for global vaccine distribution – HotAir
Incompetence.

Politico reports that the Biden administration has a billion-dollar hole in its budget for global COVID-19 vaccination, but that’s a bit rich after the massive $2 trillion COVID relief bill the White House muscled through Congress four months ago: At issue is more than a billion dollars the cash-strapped aid agency was supposed to use to help needy countries store, transport and administer Covid vaccines.In June, the White House diverted the money to pay for 500 million additional doses of Pfizer’s shot, according to three senior administration officials with knowledge of the situation.Fulfilling the White House’s pledges has fallen largely on USAID, an agency that often finds itself on the losing end of Washington funding battles.” … Top White House officials eventually decided that USAID would foot the $3.

The White House announced almost two months ago that its master plan to distribute vaccines was to outsource the effort to COVAX — not a bad idea, but an obvious option that could have been adopted from the first day of the Biden administration.The incident points to a growing sense of frustration at the agency at a time when the Biden administration has begun positioning the U.

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