Transcript: Ron Klain on "Face the Nation," December 20, 2020

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The following is a transcript of an interview with Ron Klain, incoming White House chief of staff for President-elect Joe Biden, that aired Sunday, December 13, 2020, on "Face the Nation."
MARGARET BRENNAN: We turn now to the incoming White House chief of staff for President elect Joe Biden, and that is Ron Klain. Good morning to you.

INCOMING WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF RON KLAIN: Good morning, MARGARET, thanks for having me.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you intend to keep Operation Warp Speed intact when you take office? What changes will you make to vaccine distribution?

KLAIN: You know, we are reviewing the progress of Operation Warp Speed and the ways in which we can structure the vaccine distribution most effectively. We'll have something to say about that shortly after the first of the year. We're going to- certainly going to build on the good things about Operation Warp Speed, but also try to be more effective in managing this vaccine distribution program. I agree with something Dr. Adams just said. The program that's before the country to try to vaccinate hundreds of millions of Americans in a few months is one of unprecedented complexity, unprecedented expense, unprecedented technical challenges. We're going to put in place the right people and the right process to do that. It's great that about 200,000 Americans have been vaccinated in this first week, but 200,000 is a long, long way from hundreds of millions of people. That's where we need to get to, MARGARET.

MARGARET BRENNAN: And we will- we will follow up with you on those details when you make those calls. I want to ask you about the near term, and that is Christmas. The president elect says he will have a small family gathering because of COVID. He still attends mass indoors in-person. What is his guidance to Americans who want to worship that way?

KLAIN: MARGARET, I'm sorry I have lost you. I can't hear you anymore.

MARGARET BRENNAN: All right.

KLAIN: I'm very sorry.

MARGARET BRENNAN: It sounds like we are having some audio problems there.

KLAIN: I just- I can't hear what you're saying. I'm sorry.

MARGARET BRENNAN: We'll take a commercial break and continue the conversation on the…
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