Biden discusses mask mandate and vaccine distribution with bipartisan group of governors

President-elect ジョー・バイデン discussed a national mask mandate, plans to distribute a コロナウイルス vaccine and the need to help cash-strapped states Thursday in a meeting with Republican and Democratic governors.

The meeting showed how Biden is working around President Donald Trump, dealing directly with states as Trump’s outgoing administration continues to refuse granting Biden’s transition team access to federal agencies and their plans, including one to eventually distribute a vaccine.
He told reporters afterward that governors had expressed concern with how long it took to make coronavirus tests widely available and hope to avoid similar delays once a vaccine is ready for distribution.
This is not a one-off meeting,” バイデンは言った. “We agreed that we’ll continue to meet with the governors on a regular basis; continue to seek their input.
    バイデン, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and a group of medical experts Biden has assembled as a coronavirus advisory board held a virtual meeting Thursday with 10 members of the National Governors Association’s executive committee.
    The list of participants included Republicans Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Gary Herbert of Utah, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Kay Ivey of Alabama; the Democrats were Andrew Cuomo of New York, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Jared Polis of Colorado, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and John Carney of Delaware.
    The meeting showed that some Republican governors are acknowledging the reality that Biden won the election and will be sworn in on January 20, as the pandemic continues to rage.
    ホーガン, Maryland’s governor, ツイート photos from the conversation and thanked Biden, Harris and other governorsfor taking time today to discuss the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
    That’s a break from Trump’s administration, which has so far refused to begin the transition process. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing this week that until the Trump-appointed administrator of the General Services Administration takes the legal step necessary to kick off the transition process, the department will not work with Biden’s teamwhich has sought information on plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine, which Trump’s administration has dubbedOperation Warp Speed.
    Biden acknowledged Thursday that the delay has hamstrung his transition team, saying that without the GSA administrator’s sign-off, “we don’t have access to all the information that we need to get from all the various agencies.
    Among the governors, でも, Biden told reporters there was broad consensus about some matters, including the need for a national mask mandate. Wearing a mask, バイデンは言った, です “not a political statement; it’s a patriotic duty.
    He also called for Congress to pass legislation that would send money to states, local governments and tribal communities to help pay for vital services and fund their National Guards.
    States and communities shouldn’t have to lay off teachers, 警官, 消防士, cut off vital services for families and businesses,” バイデンは言った.
    Governors were alarmed with how long it took to distribute coronavirus tests, バイデンは言った — underscoring the need for a plan to quickly distribute a vaccine once one is available.
    He said he does not see any scenario in which he would seek any sort of national economic shutdown.
    I am not going to shut down the economy, period. ウイルスをシャットダウンします. That’s what I’m going to shut down,” バイデンは言った.
    No national shutdown, because every region, every area, every community can be different. And so there’s no circumstance which I can see that would require total national shutdown,” 彼は言った. “I think that would be counterproductive.
    Trump and his allies are currently pursuing baseless lawsuits alleging voter fraud without evidence in an effort to overturn Biden’s victory, with Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani holding a wild news conference Thursday.
      Biden said Americans arewitnessing incredible irresponsibilityfrom Trump, and that as a result of his actions, AN “incredibly damaging message is being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions.
      It’s hard to fathom how this man thinks. It’s hard to fathom,” バイデンは言った. “It’s just outrageous, what he’s doing.


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