On Monday, March 30, Joe Biden appeared on MSNBC to talk about the pandemic.
Question: Americans are terrified. What is your message to them?
Biden: My message is that the president has to move more rapidly. You know, we know from experience that speed matters. We know that you can’t go too fast. It’s about going too slow.
“And in order to avoid that – those very high numbers, we have to do at least several things. One, we have to uh depend on what the president is going to do right now. And first of all, he has to uh tell, wait until the cases, before anything happens. Look, the whole idea is, he’s got to get in place things that were shortages of.
“We’re not testing enough people. We don’t – our first responders, docs and nurses, don’t have the gloves, the masks. They don’t have the equipment they need. We’re short on ventilators. And as this spreads to other areas, and which is likely to do, we don’t have the capacity to surge the equipment that they need.
“We have to — he has to use the Defense Production Act much more aggressively, including not just to ventilators, but getting gloves, masks, shields, gowns, et cetera.”
Question: So you’re saying move more rapidly? What exactly, what are the steps that that takes to happen? What does that look like for you at this very moment?
Biden: “At this very moment, it means the president has to surge more equipment to New York and other places that are clearly in distress. And that means he has to be able to provide for providing significantly no more masks to protect these – these first responders and these docs and nurses. He has to provide the gowns so they’re not wearing garbage bags to protect themselves. The shields around their faces when they’re uh taking the blood and moving people. The testing, just the mere testing, significantly increase the number of tests that are available. The president has said that a couple weeks ago that CVC and other he named four outlets were going to have testing sites outside of their uh their their stores and and the various places that they exist.”
I can’t find an embeddable video. You can watch it at the link; I did the best I could with the transcript. It’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable to watch him. I’ve begun to think that Jill Biden must really hate him … a LOT.