Politico editor Sam Stein said the assertions in the story were “not true,” as a distribution plan was part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed.
“Biden folks are spinning here or trying to lower the bar strategically,” he tweeted. “There was, indeed, a plan from Trump. I listened in on govs calls on vaccine distribution. The plan had obvious shortcomings. but to say there’s nothing to rework is not true.”
The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond linked to the piece and called it an apparent “gambit to lower expectations,” noting that Trump, while “dangerous” on his response to coronavirus, had set up a system that’s distributed 36 million doses to the states.