According to a report, members of the Biden administration have lost 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that were recently distributed.
The White House Press Office has been unusually quiet on the fiasco over the last week.
According to Politico, they also discovered that a vaccine stockpile is mostly gone because of the large shipments that have been sent out.
An anonymous source said, “It’s the Mike Tyson quote: ‘Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth. They are planning. They are competent. It’s just the weight of everything when you sit down in that chair. It’s heavy.”
“Responsibility for tracking them has been left up to states’ individual public health systems. The administration then only gets an update once the doses are actually administered and an official record is submitted,” the source added.
“One of the virtues of a well-run transition is that by the time you take the reins, you have developed some rapport and trust with the career people you’re working with,” continued the same source, but said that in this specific case, “the courtship has been unnaturally short.”
Two things are contributing to the issue: First, the Biden administration didn’t get much transitional aid. Second, there was no current plan in place. As Politico laid it out:
“Nobody had a complete picture,” said Julie Morita, a member of the Biden transition team and executive vice president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The plans that were being made were being made with the assumption that more information would be available and be revealed once they got into the White House.”
Yet in the days since taking over, the COVID response team has confronted a situation that officials described as far worse than expected — and that has prompted public assessments so dour they surprised some who had worked on the administration’s former transition team.
Biden’s COVID response team has since made a concerted effort not to heap blame on the Trump administration, one official said — even as their vague allusions to a worse-than-expected situation have prompted speculation about what specific problems they’ve encountered.”
Biden administration officials have said that the missing doses are spread out across the states. Placing blame on each state’s ability to distribute the vaccine effectively. Instead of pointing fingers, the Biden administration needs to get their act together and establish a plan for the misplaced vaccines.