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Amid coronavirus spike, pressure grows on U.S. agency to approve Trump-to-Biden transition | Reuters

Amid coronavirus spike, pressure grows on U.S. agency to approve Trump-to-Biden transition | Reuters 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A little-known agency that keeps the U.S. federal bureaucracy running is the biggest impediment to new efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden said on Wednesday.

“There’s a whole lot of things that we just don’t have available to us,” Biden said, including real-time data on personal protective equipment and the distribution plan for COVID-19 vaccines.

Emily Murphy, administrator of the General Services Administration, must “ascertain” the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election between Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. That is a condition of releasing funds and resources to the winner, but she has so far not done so.

Despite a clear margin of victory for Biden, Trump has refused to concede, and his legal challenges are fizzling.

Murphy has sole authority to release salaries, office space, official email addresses and intelligence briefings to an incoming administration, which formally takes over with Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Source: Amid coronavirus spike, pressure grows on U.S. agency to approve Trump-to-Biden transition | Reuters