“During the campaign, I felt so much anxiety from people; they were scared,” Mrs. Biden told writer Jonathan Van Meter. “When I travel around the country now, I feel as though people can breathe again. I think that’s part of the reason Joe was elected.”
The first lady then put forth the theory that Mr. Biden‘s supporters wanted a commander in chief who “lowers the temperature.”
“People wanted someone to come in and heal this nation, not just from the pandemic, which I feel Joe did by, you know, getting shots in everybody’s arms. But also … he’s just a calmer president,” she said.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, an Operation Warp Speed health adviser, said in March that roughly 90% of the Biden administration’s plans for federal actions related to the vaccine were taken from Mr. Trump‘s logistical blueprints.
“The first thing [Mr. Trump‘s teams did] was to accelerate the development of the vaccine,” Dr. Slaoui said during a CBS “Face the Nation” interview. “We contracted, specifically, 100 million doses of the vaccine, but built into the contracts options to acquire more vaccines once we knew they were effective. So, I think what is happening now is right, but I think what is happening was — substantially was the plan.”
Mr. Biden, to some degree, concurred.
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