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Biden’s health secretary nominee frustrated at vaccine delays

In this August 2, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks to reporters after a news conference at UCLA. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this August 2, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talks to reporters after a news conference at UCLA. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

US President Joe Biden’s nominee to be health secretary is expressing his frustration about long lines for vaccinations, canceled appointments as local health authorities run out of vaccines, and the difficulty many Americans are having in figuring out where they stand in line to get the inoculation.

“That’s not America,” Xavier Becerra tells CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“That’s not the way we treat those we consider vulnerable in need of the vaccine the most. That’s not America at its best,” he adds.

Biden has pledged to distribute 100 million vaccines in 100 days. Becerra says he can’t offer a timeline for when all Americans who want the vaccine will be able to get one.

“Once we’re in, in the house, taking care of business, we’ll be able to give more precision,” Becerra says. “But you got to give us a chance to figure out what’s going on in the cockpit, that’s causing this plane to nosedive so severely.”

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