Bill Gates: Presidential transition 'complicating' rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

Philanthropist Bill Gates warned Sunday that the failure of President Trump Donald Trump One person shot in Washington state during viole...

Philanthropist Bill Gates warned Sunday that the failure of President TrumpDonald TrumpOne person shot in Washington state during violent election protest Pro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations COVID-19 infections spread rapidly as officials race to distribute vaccine MORE to formally recognize his defeat to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPro-Trump protestors, counter-protesters and police clash in DC after day of election demonstrations Castro says ‘there’s still work to do’ on Biden Cabinet diversity Robert Zoellick says human rights, European relations to play key roles in Biden foreign policy MORE and begin a White House transition process is “complicating” efforts to roll out a COVID-19 vaccine to the general public.

Gates told CNN’s “State of the Union” that a lack of communication between the Trump and Biden teams  risked a slower distribution process for the vaccine, which is set to become available for some vaccinations this week.

“Yeah, the transition is complicating [things,] but the new administration is willing to rely on actual experts and not attack those experts,” Gates told host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperGeorge Conway: ‘Biggest election fraud of 2020’ is lie Trump won More than 1,000 Black women urge Biden to appoint more Black female Cabinet members Trump mulling extravagant White House exit to upstage Biden inauguration: report MORE.

“They’re laying out clear plans, so I think we’ll get through this in a positive way,” the Microsoft co-founder added. “I’m pleased with the people and priority that President-elect Biden and his team are bringing to bear on this problem.”

Gates’s comments refer to ongoing lack of planning occurring between the Biden transition team and White House officials. Administration officials have stuck with Trump’s claims that he won the election and media reports have indicated that many are avoiding discussing the issue with the president.

More than 16 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, and nearly 300,000 deaths have been linked to the virus in the U.S. Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine became available for some elderly citizens in the U.K. last week after it was cleared for use in that country as well.

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen HahnStephen HahnFDA chief: Americans’ hesitancy to get vaccine a ‘significant problem’ Operation Warp Speed head says 40M doses of vaccine will be distributed by end of the month Sunday shows preview: Nation gears up for inoculation following FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine MORE said Sunday that distribution in the U.S. will “hopefully” begin on Monday, though the vaccine’s availability for the general public is not expected for months.

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Newsrust: Bill Gates: Presidential transition 'complicating' rollout of COVID-19 vaccine
Bill Gates: Presidential transition 'complicating' rollout of COVID-19 vaccine
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