It’s not clear how widely the instructions were disseminated at the department, and HHS referred a request for comment to the GSA. A spokesperson for the agency described the instructions as routine said the direction is “given for every transition prior to an ascertainment.”
Biden criticized the Trump administration on Wednesday for not officially declaring him the winner, and warned that vaccine distribution could lag as a result of his transition team not being able to work with the administration.
“Soon, we’re going to be behind by weeks and months being able to put together the whole initiative relating to the biggest promise we have with two drug companies coming along and finding 95% effektiwiteit, efficiency in the vaccines, which is enormous promise,” hy het gesê.
Some leading health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have emphasized the need for greater cooperation between the Trump administration and Biden’s team. Co-chairs for the President-elect’s Covid-19 advisory board have stressed that their lack of real-time access to data and information on the supply of therapeutics, testing supplies, personal protective equipment, ventilators, hospital bed capacity or the Strategic National Stockpile is hampering their efforts.
“We haven’t been able to sit down with the Trump administration at all, to be able to understand what plans are already in place, where the gaps are, where help is needed, and how we can make sure there’s a smooth hand-off after January 20, where the bulk of these vaccines will be administered after that date,” Dr. Rick Bright, a member of Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Board, told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” Woensdag.
Trump has repeatedly refused to recognize his election loss, even though Biden won by the same margin in the Electoral College that the President did four years ago and handily won the popular vote. Trump’s administration has so far refused to cooperate in other areas, including national security, where Biden has been blocked from receiving intelligence briefings that are customary during a transition.