“This is a big problem — but it’s been solved,” Mike Leavitt, who served as health and human services secretary under President George W. Bush, told me. “It opens up access for information and the coordination in between the ingoing and outgoing administrations.”
Setting the transition in motion means Team Biden can view the government’s vaccine distribution plans.
Thirty-five volunteers assigned to the Department of Health and Human Services — along with some assigned to other agencies also involved in the vaccine effort — can now participate in the nitty-gritty details of how the Trump administration is planning to manufacture, distribute and administer hundreds of millions of vaccine doses beginning in December and continuing through the bulk of 2021.
The massive effort, central to restoring the United States to more normalcy next year, probably will be in its early stages once Biden is sworn in as president in late January.