The Biden administration has been left reeling by the extent of COVID mismanagement as the US grapples with a surge in infections, a former political adviser to Joe Biden has said.

Mr Biden has begun the work of president after being sworn in as the 46th US President at Capitol Hill yesterday.

As one of his first orders of business he ramped up the national coronavirus response, unveiling a 200-page strategy for vaccination, treatment, medical gear and public health measures, which Donald Trump largely resisted.

President Joe Biden holds a booklet as he speaks about the coronavirus in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP)

Moises “Moe” Vela told Today the Biden administration has been shocked upon discovering how “bad” coronavirus preparation was under Mr Trump.

“One of my former colleagues who is now heading up the COVID efforts, announcing that this was – it’s more dire than I think they even realised,” Mr Vela said.

Moises “Moe” Vela told Today the Biden administration have been shocked by the lack of a COVID-19 plan. (Today)

“They now are discovering how bad the preparation was and how faulty the distribution plan. I think pretty much they are suggesting it’s non-existent.

“This is grave and it’s dire, but if anybody can do this these guys can.”

Mr Biden steps into the top job as infections continue to saw. Yesterday America saw at least 184,754 new infections and 4367 new deaths.

Meanwhile, mutant variations of the virus are starting to pile up; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned on Friday the highly infectious UK strain is likely to become dominant in the US by March.

Transporters Miguel Lopez, right, Noe Meza prepare to move a body of a COVID-19 victim to a morgue at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (AP)
A man places flags at the National World War I Museum and Memorial Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. The 1,665 flags represent the area residents who died in the coronavirus pandemic and the display was part of a national memorial to lives lost to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (AP)

Mr Vela believes Mr Biden will be given a grace period, before citizens begin to call for results.

“We kind of refer to it in politics as the honeymoon, right, when you first take over office, you are given a little bit of a honeymoon,” he said.

“Because of the unprecedented compilation of crises, I think he will be given a little longer honeymoon than normal.

President Joe Biden pauses as he signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)

“But it will not last forever…it’s important in a democracy for it to remain healthy the people should be held accountable.

“You will hear me say with I didn’t think they are doing something well enough we will talk about it, (but) we have to give them a chance to get their feet on the ground.”

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