Former HHS Secretary Sebelius: ‘God help us’ with vaccine rollout

TOPEKA - Former U.S. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday the undersupply of personal protective equipment and of rapid testing for COVID-19 raised likelihood of Trump administration problems proving efficacy of vaccines and distributing treatments to a virus-weary nation.

Sebelius said on a video conference with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier that nursing homes continued to struggle with shortages of PPE to shield vulnerable people from the virus. Rapid testing materials for the coronavirus aren’t available in places where needed, she said.

Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and HHS secretary under President Barack Obama, was critical of President Donald Trump for focusing on political elements of the pandemic rather than on science of the public health crisis.

 

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