Biden administration to retire 'Operation Warp Speed' name

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

January 15, 2021 -- The incoming Biden administration said that it will no longer use the "Operation Warp Speed" term to describe the U.S. government's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a January 15 tweet, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration will no longer use the Operation Warp Speed (OWS) name due to the "failures" of the Trump administration.

Operation Warp Speed's goal was to produce and deliver 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by working with pharmaceutical companies to fund and accelerate vaccine development. While the project was successful in having two vaccines approved by the end of 2020 -- a widely hailed accomplishment -- the distribution and administration of vaccines has been slower than expected.

President-elect Joe Biden also announced that the administration's vaccine efforts would be led by Dr. David Kessler, who was commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1990 to 1997. Operation Warp Speed had been run by Moncef Slaoui, PhD, formerly head of vaccine development at GlaxoSmithKline.

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