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Biden Covid Team Derides Trump Plan While Borrowing Playbook

  • Biden inherited system already meeting target pace of shots
  • Biden to use DPA, like Trump, and order doses from old deals
People wait in line at a vaccination site at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 28.
People wait in line at a vaccination site at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 28.Photographer: Mario Tama/Getty Images
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President Joe Biden and his top advisers have derided the Trump administration’s playbook for distributing coronavirus vaccines, but so far have made only modest changes to the plan that’s meeting their target pace of more than one million shots a day.

Biden has said vaccine distribution was in “worse shape than we anticipated.” White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said a Trump administration plan “did not really exist.” Adviser Cedric Richmond said they “didn’t leave a plan.” Xavier Becerra, Biden’s choice for health secretary, said it was like taking over a plane in a nosedive.