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A Biden victory in 2020 would disrupt the race for a coronavirus vaccine. Insiders reveal the future of Operation Warp Speed minus Trump.
Summary List Placement Think a coronavirus vaccine is right around the corner if Joe Biden wins...Summary List Placement Think a coronavirus vaccine is right around the corner if Joe Biden wins the White House? Think again. The Trump administration is pushing for the fastest vaccine turnaround in history, and it's all happening under the cloud of a crucial election. The White House wants to start shipping out the first round of coronavirus shots just 24 hours after it gets the green light. President Donald Trump is hoping it will all get going before Election Day. If the timeline is as fast as Trump officials want it to be, a vaccine campaign would already be underway should Biden become president in January. So far, the Democratic nominee isn't making any promises to preserve the work Trump officials have started under their fast-track vaccine plan, or even whether he'll stick to the name Operation Warp Speed. Biden would inherit public distrust over Trump's vaccine process viewed by Democrats and outside scientists as highly politicized and rushed in a bid to help the Republican win reelection. Recent polling showed voters were increasingly concerned about the safety of a coronavirus vaccine after Trump repeatedly contradicted his own scientists and his political appointees have tried to interfere in the work of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Campaign staff, advisers, lawmakers, and other experts Insider interviewed all agreed the road ahead is tricky and disruptions in the vaccine approval or distribution are almost certain. One Democratic operative warned that Biden's team shouldn't rely on Trump's transition officials, who he said could continue to undermine public trust in a vaccine. Should Biden win, the Trump administration would have to start briefing him and his team on the status of the vaccine and other coronavirus operations right after the election, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt said. Leavitt was Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush and tapped to help with Mitt Romney's transition ahead of the 2012 election he ultimately lost to President Barack Obama. Acting on any disagreements or desire to halt specific programs would have to wait until Inauguration Day, January 20, when Biden would be sworn in, Leavitt added. "The basic rule is, there's one president at a time," he said. Scientists at the forefront Biden has vowed that, if elected, he'd put scientists at the forefront of public-health messaging and in charge of deciding whether a vaccine is safe and effective. Biden otherwise hasn't elaborated on what he'd do differently than Trump, but his campaign staff said he and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris receive regular coronavirus briefings from medical and security experts that include planning for a vaccine. Still, a transition would add disruption to a vaccine rollout, already expected to be a colossal undertaking regardless of who's president. "Clearly it's going to be a challenge," said Nicole Lurie, a physician and senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School who is on the outside task force advising the Biden campaign on the pandemic. "A really helpful thing is that there are a lot of people advising the candidates who have had a lot of experience and a lot of experience collectively, and so it's not as though they're starting from scratch." But Democratic leaders are worried that Trump's inconsistent messaging and reports of his interference with health agencies will get in the way of defeating the virus. Biden's advisers have already identified hurdles he'd face to get shots to every American, including overhauling messaging and leadership. Biden's team also will need to make sure the information he'd inherit from the Trump administration is complete and reliable, and his team would need to deal with the logistical challenges of shipping the shot and tracking who has taken it. 'I trust scientists. But I don't trust Donald Trump.' Biden, Harris, and a growing number of congressional Democrats have raised concerns that the Trump administration would pressure regulators to approve a vaccine too quickly as a way to boost his chances of winning the election. And Biden allies insist they can't promise to blindly support a coronavirus vaccine given that Trump has contradicted his own top scientific advisers about when it would be available to most people. The Biden campaign said that the Democrat, in contrast to Trump, "understands, respects, and listens" to scientists. "I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don't trust Donald Trump," Biden said last week after a two-hour video meeting with his coronavirus advisers. Republicans in return accused Democrats of igniting anti-vaccine sentiments, and Trump, during a rally on Tuesday, accused Biden of wanting to "delay the vaccine." Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost of global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania who is on Biden's coronavirus team, said that no one should trust any vaccine until experts have reviewed testing data. "What we're seeing here is this president bullying the FDA instead of saying 'the process is there, just let it work,'" said Emanuel, a medical doctor who coauthored a Center for American Progress report on vaccine strategy. He's the older brother of Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama White House chief of staff and Biden's close friend. Concerns about vaccinations are spilling over to the public as voters grow more worried about the safety or effectiveness of a coronavirus shot. In May, 42% of adults surveyed said they'd "definitely" get the vaccine if it were available then, according to the Pew Research Center. By September that number had dropped to 21%. Most people will need to be vaccinated for a shot to be effective. To tamp down concerns, nine drugmakers have promised that their vaccines would meet rigorous standards. Coronavirus vaccine makers Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson are openly sharing details about how their tests are going. The FDA also may impose additional safety requirements on drugmakers that would slow the vaccine's development, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Fauci would stay, Biden says Biden has already pledged that if he wins he'll keep Anthony Fauci, who's often found himself in Trump's crosshairs, in his role as the nation's top infectious-disease experts. Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years and advised six presidents on HIV/AIDS and other public-health issues. The Democratic nominee hasn't said whether he'd keep other health officials who have been involved in the Trump administration's pandemic response. During a September 17 CNN town-hall-style meeting, Biden said it was "premature" to decide whether he would keep Robert Redfield in charge of the CDC and Stephen Hahn overseeing the FDA. Both were picked for the jobs by Trump and have faced backlash following reports that their agencies were pressured by political appointees on the coronavirus response. "The rank-and-file people, the scientists are solid and they're serious," Biden said. "But you've seen how the president has tried to push things through and put a lot of pressure on them." Biden and Harris understand that part of their job would be to help restore respect for the CDC and the FDA, said Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician who's a former Biden coronavirus task-force member and founding director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. "They're going to have to fix that bridge between the scientists and the politicians," he said. "It's doable." But, he added, it will all depend on who gets appointed to fill those positions. The people Biden's campaign has tapped as advisers offer clues into whom he'd pick to lead his COVID-19 and other programs. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general under President Barack Obama, and David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner, are leading Biden's coronavirus briefings. Both could clinch jobs in a new Democratic administration. 'They'll continue to undermine trust' Whenever White House control switches hands, political appointees from one administration have to pass on large amounts of material and data. New officials under Biden will need to be confident in the information handed down from Trump's team, Lurie said. The Trump campaign didn't respond to questions about how it thought a Biden administration would handle Operation Warp Speed. Asked on an August 28 press call about what would happen to the ambitious program under a transition, Paul Mango, HHS deputy chief of staff for policy, said that most people working on it weren't political appointees as he is. "My role is tangential to the core scientist and the logisticians and the public-health professionals who are deeply involved with this," Mango, a former healthcare consultant, said. Leavitt similarly said the career officials working on the vaccine plan and the private-sector partners involved would help mitigate disruptions from one administration to the next. He added that he had no reason to believe Trump officials wouldn't cooperate in a transition. "Anytime that there's a change in power there's a potential disruption, but that's the reason transitions need to be planned and why they need to be done cooperatively," Leavitt said. But Biden allies remain concerned. Leslie Dach, who'd been tapped to lead the HHS transition if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election, said "there would be a lot to overcome" during a transition but that he thought the Biden team was prepared to shift leadership smoothly through working with career staff. Dach is the founder and chairman of the healthcare advocacy group Protect Our Care, which works closely with Democrats on their healthcare messaging. "I don't think the Biden transition should plan on any help from the Trump political appointments," he said. "They'll continue to undermine trust." Redlener agreed, saying the handoff problem was "definitely a worry." "I don't know how much that's being articulated or discussed in the Biden campaign, but I would bet anything that is being actively discussed," he said. The Biden campaign declined to comment when asked whether it was concerned about a transition, pointing only to the Democratic nominee's public remarks about his trust in scientists rather than Trump. Both Biden's advisers and Trump administration officials acknowledge that every step of storing and transporting the vaccines will need to be well planned and executed. A couple of the leading shot contenders have to be kept ultracold. Experts also expect people will need two shots, spaced roughly a month apart. All of that will need to be tracked for the nearly 330 million people living in the US. "What I think would characterize the new administration," Lurie, of Harvard Medical School, said, "would be a national plan and national strategy, really consistent messaging, a lot of transparency, both in the process and in information sharing."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
Summary List Placement President Donald Trump entered the 2020 election with high hopes of maintaining his...Summary List Placement President Donald Trump entered the 2020 election with high hopes of maintaining his numbers in the Midwest and flipping several blue states to the Republican column. But a recently released set of polling conducted by the New York Times and Siena College from Sept. 8-11 among likely voters showed continued strength for Joe Biden. The former vice president leads the incumbent president in Wisconsin, a state critical to Trump's re-election hopes, along with Minnesota, Nevada, and New Hampshire, states where Trump wants to make inroads, especially with suburban voters. In Wisconsin, Biden leads Trump 48%-43%, with a sample size of 760 respondents. Wisconsin, which had consistently voted for Democratic presidential nominees from 1988 to 2012, went for Trump by a slim 0.77% margin in 2016. Trump has made the civil unrest in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake a focal point of his law-and-order messaging, but he's lagged in the polls in the state for months. The most recent Real Clear Politics polling average for Wisconsin from Aug. 21 through Sept. 10 shows Biden ahead 49.6%-43.3%. In Nevada, Biden is ahead of Trump 46%-42%, with a sample size of 462 respondents. Nevada, a state that has swung dramatically towards the Democrats in recent years, boasts a sizeable percentage of white voters without college degrees, a demographic that plays to Trump's strength. But Nevada is now a majority-minority state, with a long tradition of organized labor, which bodes well for Biden's chances. While Biden has been ahead in the limited amount of polling coming from Nevada, the Trump campaign will continue to compete hard there. Minnesota, a state which has gone Democratic on the presidential level since 1976, has the largest lead for Biden (50%-41%, with 814 poll respondents) out of the four states polled. Trump has sought to capitalize on the unrest in the state following the murder of George Floyd, but he is still behind. Hillary Clinton, however, only won Minnesota by 1.5% in 2016 and the Trump campaign insists that the state is winnable this year, especially with the continued drift of the state's rural voters away from the Democratic party. In New Hampshire, which was one of the closest states in 2016, Biden is ahead 45%-42%, with 445 polling respondents. Biden is in a strong position as a challenger to the incumbent president, but polling from the four states revealed some numbers that both campaigns will be parsing over going forward. "In the four swing states polled, Mr. Biden's advantage comes from a combination of strong support from women, people of color and whites with college degrees, though he is also performing better among male voters and less-educated white voters than Mrs. Clinton did four years ago," The Times reported. The Times/Siena polling showed Biden ahead of Trump 60%-28% in urban areas and 50%-39% in suburban areas, while Trump leads 50%-40% in rural areas. Notably, the polling across the four states also showed Biden winning the overall white vote 47%-44%, with a sample size of 2,004 respondents. Democrats have struggled to win or break even with white voters in national elections since the late 1960s, so this would be notable development for the Biden campaign.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to become a backup dancer for Beyoncé
Trump's 'law and order' messaging isn't sticking with voters as new polls show they trust Biden more on public safety
Summary List Placement Former Vice President Joe Biden's visit on Thursday afternoon to Kenosha was a...Summary List Placement Former Vice President Joe Biden's visit on Thursday afternoon to Kenosha was a markedly different scene from President Donald Trump's trip to the Wisconsin city two days earlier. While visiting the city, Biden spoke on the phone with Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer last month, triggering protests in Kenosha and across the country. The former vice president also met with Blake's family members and discussed systemic racism with community leaders. "We've reached an inflection point in American history," the Democratic presidential candidate said on Thursday. "I honest to God believe we have an enormous opportunity now that the screen, the curtain has been pulled back on just what's going on in the country, to do a lot of really positive things." Trump, on the other hand, did not speak to Blake nor meet his family, claiming they wanted to involve lawyers, which he found inappropriate. The president instead talked to law enforcement officials and business owners, surveyed the damage done during protests, and hammered the state's Democratic leaders, who had asked him to not show up. During his visit, Trump continued to cast himself as the patron of "law and order," repeating the messaging around which he's built his 2020 reelection effort. Last week's Republican National Convention largely focused on similar themes. "The most dangerous aspect of the Biden platform is the attack on public safety," Trump said during convention. "No one will be safe in Biden's America." Yet, several new polls released this week suggest the president's hardline strategy hasn't been swaying voters. Instead, 47 percent of registered voters said they trust Biden to handle public safety, opposed to 39 percent who have more faith in Trump, according to a Morning Consult survey. Similarly, 42 percent of likely voters said they would feel more safe with Biden as president, versus 35 percent who said the same for Trump, a Quinnipiac University poll showed. And a CNN poll also indicated that 51 percent of voters believe Biden would keep them safe from harm, compared with 45 percent who said Trump will. Nationally, Biden has maintained a lead in the polls, signaling that Trump's focus on pinning Biden as weak on crime and public safety has not gained much traction yet among voters. Biden is 10 points ahead in a Quinnipiac poll, 8 points ahead in polls from CNN and Grinnell College, and 7 points ahead in polls from Reuters and USA Today/Suffolk University. A Fox News poll also showed Biden with an advantage in three key states that Trump narrowly won in 2016: Arizona, North Carolina and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, voters preferred Biden by five-percentage points over Trump to lead on issues such as policing and criminal justice. Calls for the presidential candidates to address civil unrest don't appear to be waning, however. Democratic advisers and strategists for the Biden campaign have reportedly warned that Trump's rhetoric may pose a risk and undermine Biden's electability in Midwestern states. Biden condemned violence during anti-racism protests triggered by the George Floyd killing earlier this summer and has since taken a tougher position, calling for the arrests of those engaged in looting and destroying property. He also recently unveiled his first nationwide television commercial addressing the issue. "Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting," he says in the commercial, according to The New York Times. "And those who do it should be prosecuted." Still, the coronavirus pandemic appears to remain the most important issue for Americans. Just an estimated 8 percent of adults pointed to crime as a top priority for the country, whereas an overwhelming majority, 78 percent, said they remain "very" or "somewhat" concerned about COVID-19, according to a Reuters poll. Read more: Twitter flags Trump's tweets encouraging people to vote twice for 'violating our Civic Integrity Policy' 'He better have an army': Cuomo takes a swipe at Trump amid the president's threats to defund 'lawless' Democratic cities like New York Ted Cruz gets castigated for saying 'pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness' in abortion pill claim Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly