WILMINGTON, Del. – President-elect Joe Biden presented his proposal to give the federal government a greater role in vaccinating Americans against Covid-19, including the establishment of federally-backed community centers and mobile clinics for distribution vaccines.
The plan, which Mr Biden described in a speech on Friday, marks a shift in the coronavirus response that has so far involved the Trump administration’s purchase and distribution of vaccines, while relying heavily on states to administer vaccines.
“This will be one of the toughest operational efforts the country has ever undertaken. But you have my word. We’re going to handle the hell of this operation, ”Biden said, adding that he needed funding from Congress to make it happen.
“I am optimistic, I am convinced that the American people are prepared to spare no effort and no expense to achieve this,” he said.
Mr Biden said he would expand the use of a Korean War National Security Mobilization Act, known as the Defense Production Act, to increase the manufacture of vaccines and immunization supplies. He also called for a “federally led, locally targeted public education campaign” to encourage Americans to get vaccinated.