“As someone who has worked in vaccine development, distribution, administration for many years, this is not a surprise,” Rick Bright, a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota and Jim Sciutto when asked about the number of vaccine doses promised by the administration and the number that have been administered.
Bright said that “we know how hard it is to get this job done, we’ve tried to do this in 2009 and 10 responding to an influenza pandemic.”
“What this reveals,” he said, “is a failure to plan, a failure to have a national strategy to vaccinate individuals across the country, a failure to communicate, a failure to coordinate, a failure to be honest and transparent with Americans about the complexities and the timelines for this vaccine.”
He said that this erodes the trust and confidence that people have in the entire system, “let alone in the vaccine.”
Bright admitted that he and the rest of the Biden team have a lot of work to do.
“President-elect Biden said that he will move heaven and earth to make sure we do everything possible to get the vaccine into the arms of Americans in every pocket of our country,” Bright said. “And that’s what we’re going to focus on after January 20.”
Bright said that they will make sure they’re rolling out a strategy end to end, using the defense production act to get supplies and vaccines produced, communication and coordination to get the vaccine distributed, education and resources to support the administration and healthcare workers, and communication and education to build confidence in people to get the vaccine.
“We have a lot of work to do, and president-elect Biden and his team have a plan and a blueprint to roll out on day one, and they want to administer 100 million doses of vaccine in those first 100 days, and I believe we’re going to get the job done,” Bright said.