Fighting the coronavirus pandemic is one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities.  Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D – District 8) had this to say regarding the handling of the poor vaccine distribution under the Trump Administration, and what he thinks of President Biden’s plan:

“It is nearly unfathomable that as he left office, ten months into the pandemic, former President Trump’s administration did not have a cohesive, workable vaccination plan to pass on to President Biden and his team. As the United States surpasses 400,000 deaths from COVID-19, and as cases continue to rise across the country, the Trump administration’s lack of leadership and failure to manage the pandemic in a substantive way is unforgivable. President Biden has made implementing a national pandemic strategy, including vaccine distribution, the firstpriority of his administration. Included in his strategy is accelerating vaccinations by strengthening the allocation and distribution process to states, expanding access to frontline workers and high-risk populations, and improving vaccine accessibility by creating more vaccination sites in places like community health centers, pharmacies and retail stores, Veterans Affairs hospitals, stadiums and conference centers, and mobile clinics, in every state and territory.

The Biden administration’s national pandemic strategy is a welcome response from the federal government. There are almost no words to describe the needless death our country has suffered over these last ten months and we must not forget this profound loss to our communities. I am grateful for President Biden’s leadership, and look forward to working with him and his team in executing his vaccine distribution plan in the 8th District.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie issued this statement:

“I have a tremendous amount of hope for our country in spite of the great challenges that we face. I am comforted to know that we now have a leader with the empathy and experience to overcome the damage that has been done by the previous administration, in addition to ensuring that the COVID-19 crisis is brought to an end. On behalf of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, I offer my heartfelt congratulations and full support to President Biden and Vice President Harris.”