Biden vows to help governors fight COVID-19 | United States

WILMINGTON, Delaware, USA (AP) – Joe Biden on Thursday raised concerns that President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power in the White House has obstructed the flow of information about programs to accelerate a coronavirus vaccine.

“Unfortunately, my administration has not managed to get everything we need,” said the president-elect during a video conference with the leadership group of the National Association of Governors, which includes five Republicans and four Democrats.

Biden specifically mentioned “Operation Warp Speed,” the federal government’s partnership with private pharmaceutical companies to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

Biden spoke on the video conference with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris from a theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Also online were headlines from Biden’s virus task force: Vivek Murthy, former director of public health; David Kessler, former head of the Food and Drug Administration; and Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University.

Among the participating Democratic governors was Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, one of the personalities Trump has censured after he claimed without evidence that there was electoral fraud.

“I want you to know that I will be your partner in the White House,” Biden told governors, including Republicans Larry Hogan of Maryland; Asa Hutchinson, from Arkansas; Kay Ivey, from Alabama; Charlie Baker from Massachusetts and Gary Hebert from Utah.

Biden promised state leaders that he will “make sure they get the resources they need … to defeat this virus.”

Hogan recently told The Associated Press that Trump’s reckless and unsupported claims of widespread electoral fraud were “dangerous” and “shameful.”

Hutchinson indicated over the weekend that Biden would be the next president and called on the Trump administration to allow Biden access to the intelligence reports he needs so that he is fully prepared to lead the country beginning January 20, the day he assumes the presidency.

So far, the governors have not convinced the Republican president.

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