• By The Financial District


Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.

The Biden administration has promised to try to turn the COVID-19 pandemic around and drastically speed up the pace of vaccinating Americans against the virus.

But in the immediate hours following Biden having been sworn into office on Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the new administration's COVID-related work told M. J. Lee of CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after several vaccines were approved for use in the United States and Trump bragged about rapid, large-scale vaccinations.

The Washington Post reported that Trump spewed 30,573 lies while in office, which means 7,643.25 lies a year or 20.39 a day, a world record.

"There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch," one source said. Another source described the moment that it became clear the Biden administration would have to essentially start from "square one" because there simply was no plan as: "Wow, just further affirmation of complete incompetence."

The incoming White House now faces intense pressure to make good on the promises that Biden made during the campaign and the transition phase to drastically turn things around on the pandemic and conduct himself entirely differently from Trump when it comes to the virus and vaccine distribution.

During the transition period, Biden was openly critical of what he described as a "dismal" rollout of the COVID vaccines under the Trump administration, making clear that he placed significant blame on his predecessor for the situation he would ultimately inherit.

Two COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use in the United States before Trump left office. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 16.5 million vaccine doses had been administered as of January 20 -- far short of the last administration's goal of administering 20 million vaccine doses by the end of 2020.