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Biden discusses mask mandate and vaccine distribution with bipartisan group of governors

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - NOVEMBER 16: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the U.S. economy during a press briefing at the Queen Theater on November 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden and his advisors continue to work on the long term economic recovery plan his administration will try to put in place when he takes office. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden discussed a national mask mandate, plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine and the need to help cash-strapped states Thursday in a meeting with Republican and Democratic governors.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden discussed a national mask mandate, plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine and the need to help cash-strapped states Thursday in a meeting with Republican and Democratic governors.

The meeting showed how Biden is working around President Donald Trump, dealing directly with states as Trump's outgoing administration continues to refuse granting Biden's transition team access to federal agencies and their plans, including one to eventually distribute a vaccine.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing this week that until the Trump-appointed administrator of the General Services Administration takes the legal step necessary to kick off the transition process, the department will not work with Biden's team -- which has sought information on plans to distribute a coronavirus vaccine, which Trump's administration has dubbed "Operation Warp Speed. "

Governors were alarmed with how long it took to distribute coronavirus tests, Biden said -- underscoring the need for a plan to quickly distribute a vaccine once one is available.

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