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Azar responds to Biden's vaccine distribution remark: 'With all respect that's just nonsense'

"There is no detailed plan, that we've seen anyway, as to how you get the vaccine out of a container into an injection syringe, into somebody's arm," Biden said.

Updated: December 7, 2020 - 8:20am

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Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar during an interview on Fox News Sunday pushed back against a statement Joe Biden recently made regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. 

"There is no detailed plan, that we've seen anyway, as to how you get the vaccine out of a container into an injection syringe, into somebody's arm," Biden said.

"With all respect that's just nonsense," Azar said in response after the clip of Biden's statement played during the interview. He went on to push back against Biden's statement.

"We have comprehensive plans from the CDC working with 64 public health jurisdictions across the country as our governors have laid out very detailed plans that we've worked with them on," Azar said. "We're leveraging our retail pharmacies, our hospitals, our public health departments, our community health centers. We have the...kits that have the syringes, the diluent, the needles, the PPE to administer."

Azar continued: "This is being micromanaged and controlled by the United States military as well as our incredible private sector. We do hundreds of millions of vaccinations a year. We're leveraging the systems that are known and that work here in the United States."

According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 14.7 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 282,000 deaths.