While the White House claims President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have "a seven-point plan to beat COVID-19," one expert says it's clear to him they really don't have a plan.
The White House website has posted the Biden/Harris plan, which includes "effective, equitable distribution of treatments and vaccines" – including to terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo, evidently. That plan, however, was halted by the Pentagon over the weekend after it sparked controversy, propelling two GOP members of the House to put forth a resolution on Monday that argues suspected terrorists should only get the vaccine after it's been made available to all Americans.
One News Now spoke with Doug Badger of The Heritage Foundation about the new administration's handling thus far of the pandemic. He contends Biden's performance on the matter has been somewhat confusing.
"Let's recall the last presidential debate where then-candidate Joe Biden said 'I will take of this, I will end this' – and then three days into his presidency, he said, 'Well, there's really nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic over the next few months,'" Badger begins.
"He criticized President Trump for a year for his handling of the pandemic – he said that he had a better plan, that he was going to take care of it, he was going to end it," Badger continues. "And then when we actually read through the executive orders and various documents that President Biden released in his first couple of days in office, it turns out he really doesn't have a plan."
The domestic policy expert points to Biden's shifts on vaccine distribution as one example.
"The first thing was the slogan '100 million vaccines in 100 days,'" Badger notes – then points out that in the waning days of the Trump administration, more than a million immunizations a day were being administered already. His point? Doing 100 million vaccines in 100 days would mean slowing things down.
"Then [Biden] came out and said, 'Well, we can do 1.5 million a day' – so we increased the total by 50% – and then he finally came back and said 'We're going to fully immunize,'" Badger explains. "That means for the two-dose vaccines, people would get two doses, 300 million people by the end of summer or early fall – which is about twice the rate of about 1.5 million a day.
"So, within five days of taking office, he changed his view three times on vaccines, which probably at this point is the most important thing the government is doing in this area, and [it] essentially brought it in line with what the Trump administration had set as their targets."
Badger has written that by focusing on things it can control – which he acknowledges is the natural tendency for any new administration – "the risk is that the federal government will waste precious time and energy organizing itself instead of organizing a more effective response to the pandemic."
Badger's recommendation to the Biden administration? Better protection of nursing home residents and increased usage and availability of at-home tests.