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Biden news: Experts find major ‘gaps’ in Trump pardons as White House scrambles to rollout vaccine plan

Chris Riotta and Tom Batchelor
·1-min read
 (AP)
(AP)

Joe Biden’s new chief of staff has accused Donald Trump of failing to have implemented a vaccine plan during his time in office, as criticism grows over the former president’s last-minute pardons - which some legal experts have noted may feature “gaps” leaving recipients open to future prosecutions.

Ron Klain told NBC's Meet the Press: “The process to distribute the vaccine, particularly outside of nursing homes and hospitals out into the community as a whole, did not really exist when we came into the White House.”

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci, Mr Biden's top Covid-19 medical adviser, has spoken about the difficulties of working with Mr Trump and warned about new variants of the disease, which he said were “serious situations that we are following very closely”.

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Check out The Independent’s live news and analysis as it came in below.