Transcript: Ron Klain on "Face the Nation," May 2, 2021
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The following is a transcript of an interview with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, that aired Sunday, May 2, 2021, on "Face the Nation."
JOHN DICKERSON: Good morning and welcome to FACE THE NATION, we begin this morning with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. Good morning, Ron.

WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF RON KLAIN: Good morning, JOHN. Thanks for having me.

JOHN DICKERSON: We are having- we have- as we come on the air this morning, there are reports that the Iranian government has agreed with the West to release some detainees. What can you tell us about that?

KLAIN: JOHN, I can tell you, unfortunately, that report is untrue. There is no agreement to release these four Americans. We're working very hard to get them released. We raised this with Iran and our interlocutors all the time. But so far, there's no agreement to bring these four Americans home.

JOHN DICKERSON: Sometimes in these kind of things, the other country will rush to the microphones to force your hand. Do you feel that?

KLAIN: No, again, we're working hard to bring these Americans home when we get that done we will obviously be delighted to announce that news.

JOHN DICKERSON: Let's talk to- let's talk about the president's number one priority, vaccinations. There is something called vaccine hesitancy. This week, vaccinations were down 10%. The director of the CDC says 'places the virus will strike next or where there have not been vaccinations.' Given the president's focus on this, what can he do to increase incentives for people to get vaccinated? Our Dr. Scott Gottlieb says it's people who - there's a big portion of people who just aren't finding the time for it. It's not that they're against it. It's just not convenient.

KLAIN: Yeah, well, I agree with Dr. Gottlieb on that. We're doing a lot to make it more convenient. Starting just a week ago, 40,000 pharmacies now have the vaccine. Many of them have already walk-in hours. We're trying to expand that. We launched last week a way you can text you can text your zip code to four six eight eight six two and get text back to you locations near your home where you can go get…
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