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WASHINGTON — The Biden White House has made no secret of its disdain for President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed. The “Star Trek”-inspired name is gone. The seal, emblazoned with its floating, red and blue coronavirus structure, was stripped from command headquarters.

But if not in name, Trump’s colossal effort to develop and distribute Covid-19 vaccines in record time lives on — now, as internally called, “The Operation.” In more than a dozen interviews, people involved in the U.S. vaccine distribution effort for the Biden administration, for governors’ offices, and for vaccine manufacturers told STAT that the core operation established by Trump is very much in place, though Biden has overlaid it with added structures and personnel.

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