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State leaders say Operation Warp Speed overpromised and underdelivered, setting them up to fail in the vaccine rollout

14 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on December 13, 2020.
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US state health departments have struggled to deliver coronavirus shots in pace with the timeline put forward by Operation Warp Speed.
Vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2020 was never realistic, state health officials said, given a lack of funding and limited vaccine supply.
Joe Biden will likely attempt to procure additional funding to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days.
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Moncef Slaoui, head of Operation Warp Speed, reportedly resigns as the top US vaccine advisor at the request of Biden's transition team

14 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed.
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Operation Warp Speed's chief advisor Monclef Slaoui has stepped down at the request of President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, CNBC reported, citing an unnamed official from the team.
Operation Warp Speed is President Donald Trump's vaccine initiative, which has dedicated $6 million to coronavirus "countermeasures," including vaccine development.
Slaoui will stay for 30 days from Biden's inauguration on January 20 to help with the transition, per CNBC.
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