Bill Gates says presidential transition is 'complicating' US efforts to distribute vaccine

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, whose foundation has been part of the effort to develop and deliver Covid-19 vaccines, said Sunday that the presidential transition iscomplicatingefforts to distribute one, but that he’s spoken with President-elect Joe Biden to ensure the US doesn’tblow it” 再次.

The transition is complicating, but the new administration is willing to rely on actual experts and not attack those experts,” Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday onState of the Union.
President Donald Trump has refused to concede the 2020 election to Biden and has not coordinated with the President-elect on the Covid-19 vaccine candidates and the massively complex distribution operation. Biden has said that the Trump administration had shared informationbut not adetailed plan” — with his transition team about the nationwide distribution of a vaccine.
In his interview with Tapper, Gates praised Biden’s incoming administration forlaying out clear plansto slow the spread of Covid-19, adding thatI think we’ll get through this in a positive way.
    You know I’m pleased with the people and the priority that President-elect Biden and his team are bringing to bear on this problem,” 他说.
    The Gates Foundation on Thursday said it plans to commit an additional $ 250 million to support the “研究, development and equitable deliveryof tools to fight Covid-19, including tests, treatments and vaccines. The announcement brings the group’s total commitments to the global Covid-19 response to $ 1.75 十亿.
    Gates lauded Biden fordoing his best to retain” 博士. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, 和博士. 安东尼·福西, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who Gates said would bewilling to admit when things aren’t going well” 和 “deliver tough messages.
    I do think the US will not be one of the worst performers, as the (拜登) team comes into office,” 他加了.
    The United States is the nation with the most cases and deaths from Covid-19. As of Sunday morning, the US had reported more than 16 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 300,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 根据 data from Johns Hopkins University.
    Gates noted in his interview that the USwould’ve been expected to be the bestwhen it came to the pandemic given its federal health agencies and various technologies, 但 “可悲的是 … we didn’t get on top of it like many countries did,” adding that future post-mortems on the crisiswill guide us.
    Biden has laid out a three-point plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including aiming to distribute 100 million vaccine shots in his initial 100 上班天数. Biden also told Tapper in an interview earlier this month, that he will ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after he takes office.
    During his interview with Tapper, Gates confirmed that he has spoke with Biden about the pandemic.
    The price to pay each yearto avoid, 你懂, a trillions of dollars disasterI think that roadmap’s clear, and I talked with the President-elect about that. 而且你知道, I think our foundation will be part of that dialogue to make sure we don’t blow it again,” Gates said.
    The US is close to a vaccine as the Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency use authorizaton for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine. And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted on Saturday to recommend the Pfizer vaccine for people ages 16 及以上, moving the US another step closer to being able to inoculate millions of its citizens.
    Gates told Tapper that distributionshould be based on medical need, not wealth at all.
      “毕竟, this epidemic has been awful in the way that it’s exacerbated inequities,” 他说.
      Gates also said he issuper happy with all of these vaccinesand that when it’s his turn for vaccination, “I will visibly take the vaccine. Because I think that it’s a benefit to all people to not be transmitting.