Trump coronavirus vaccine chief says he’s had ‘no contact’ with Biden transition team

Trump coronavirus vaccine chief says he’s had ‘no contact’ with Biden transition team

Moncef Slaoui, the former head of GlaxoSmithKlines vaccines division, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dubbed “Operation Warp Speed,” the Trump administration is announcing plans for an all-out effort to produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2020.

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Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui has had “no contact” with the Biden administration regarding the transition process and the vaccine distribution process.

Since President-elect Joe Biden won the election, President Donald Trump has refused to concede and his campaign has challenged the results of the election in court.

Despite his lack of communication with the incoming Biden administration, Slaoui said he “can’t see” the transition impacting the vaccine distribution process.

“We are focused on making sure that the vaccines are made available as quickly as possible and distributed as efficiently as possible, regardless of the political context that surrounds us. Of course, we would hope that the transition happens quietly and smoothly,” Slaoui told ABC. “We are concerned with anything that could derail the process. As it stands now, I can’t see that happening, but hopefully it doesn’t happen.”

When asked whether he would be open to speaking with the Biden administration, Slaoui said he would “be happy” to share information already made public, but nothing confidential.

“I have been informed that I should not be saying anything that is confidential to anybody, including anybody that’s not a part of the administration, and I’ll act in accordance with what the legal requirements are,” Slaoui told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday.

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