Even though President Trump hasn’t conceded defeat to Joe Biden, the former vice president is swift in his actions after being declared president-elect. Since the beginning of 2020, Biden was proactive in consulting scientists and other health experts and warned the people of America to follow all the preventive measures. After Biden won the elections, he constituted a coronavirus advisory board to combat the pandemic after the transition of power. However, President Trump is adamant to accept the defeat, as he continues to allege that the elections were rigged in favor of Joe Biden. Trump and his administration have approached the Supreme Court for recounting of votes in various states. This process is delaying the transition of power to President-elect Joe Biden.
The members of Joe Biden’s advisory board said on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s continuous refusal to accept the defeat and not cooperating for the transition is hurting their preparedness planning on multiple fronts to combat the virus. Multiple fronts like addressing the mask shortages, finding the hotspots & recommending their closures, and to lay the groundwork for the distribution of possible vaccines in the near future. With the delay, the transition team is unable to consult any of the federal health officials to access the data in realtime about the availability of beds and, among other things, like the Stockpile and therapeutics. As there is no official information from federal health officials, Biden’s team is now relying on half baked data from state and other local officials and public sources like the COVID Tracking Project.
“We need good cooperation from federal health officials to ensure that we have a good vaccine delivery plan across the country. Their cooperation will have a positive impact on our work. We will get to know how effective we are at closing the testing gap and thereby ensuring hospitals, doctors, and nurses have enough protective equipment like masks, PPE kits, gloves, syringes, and swabs as they gear up for vaccination drive,” said Vivek Murthy, one of the co-chairs of Biden’s advisory board. Yale University’s Marcella Nunez-Smith, another co-chair of Biden’s advisory board, said - “The President-elect will not shut the economy, but he’s going to shut down the virus. However, to do that, we need to be precise and have real-time data in dialing up and dialing back and reopening.”Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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