Transcript for Biden criticizes Trump administration speed of COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Kaylee, thank you. President-Elect Biden warning America's death toll could reach 400,000 by the time he takes off, 22 days from now. Biden blasting president trump for the slow rollout of the pfizer and modern vaccines. The administration far short of its goal to distribute 20 million doses by the end of the year. Vice President-Elect kamala Harris, you see her here, getting the first shot today. Biden warning at the current pace, it will take years, not months to vaccinate the American people. Here's ABC's white house correspondent Rachel Scott. Reporter: Tonight, President-Elect Joe Biden accusing the trump administration of failing to deliver on its promise to quickly distribute covid-19 vaccines. If it continues to move as it is now, it's going to take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people. Reporter: Biden vowing to speed up the process but warning This will take more time than anyone would like and more time than the promises from the trump administration have suggested. This is going to be the greatest operational challenge we've ever faced as a nation. Reporter: Weeks ago, the trump administration set this target. Based on current production schedules, we expect to have enough doses to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of this year. Reporter: But by the government's own data, they are falling far short. Onto 2.1 million shots have been recorded and just 11 million doses distributed. The administration says there's a lag in reporting. If you undercount, 2 million is an undercount, how much undercount could it be? So, we are below where we want to be. Reporter: Today, admiral Brett Giroir pledging that the pace will pick up, but there's only so much the federal rnment can do. The federal government doesn't invade Texas or Montana and provide shots to people. We support the state and locals in doing that. Reporter: Scenes like this in Florida show how difficult administering the vaccine on a wide scale can be. Senior citizens lining up overnight, hoping to be some of the first in the state to get their shots. It feels great! Reporter: Today, three locations in southwest Florida had 400 doses available. They were all booked by 7:00 A.M. There just hasn't been much planning, there hasn't been much investment, and we're starting to see departments of health that are really stretched having to try to figure out how to get all these vaccines into people and it's going much more slowly than I think the federal authorities thought it would. Very long lines there in Rachel Scott joins us now live from Washington. And Rachel, the President-Elect with that stark warning today, predicting 400,000 Americans could die from covid before he even takes office? Reporter: Yeah, top. The President-Elect tonight saying that the country appears to be on track to reach that grim milestone before the inauguration. That is only three weeks away. Biden saying that he does expect the death toll to continue to rise in January and February and that things may not start to turn around until March, and that even under his plan, it will be months before the majority of Americans are vaccinated. Tom? Okay, Rachel, thank you.
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