The Trump administration this week will give Biden transition officials their first direct access to certain regular meetings tied to the government’s coronavirus vaccine development effort, Operation Warp Speed, a senior administration official told POLITICO.
The invite to those meetings comes after POLITICO reported that the Biden team had been denied access to standing meetings on the pandemic response, hampering its planning efforts.
The sessions are typically focused on a range of Covid-19 initiatives, including vaccine distribution, therapeutics and manufacturing and supply issues.
The Biden team was receiving regular briefings on those meetings, the senior administration official said, but have not actually attended any.
Both the Biden transition and a Warp Speed spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
HHS has previously said that it’s “committed to smooth, professional transition planning” and has held more than 300 meetings with Biden’s team across HHS — including with Warp Speed.