Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks with Vice President Mike Pence as they take part in a information briefing with member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force within the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the White House on Thursday, Nov 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will meet with members of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus pandemic response team for the first time Thursday, a transition official advised CNBC.
The digital assembly marks a major step towards full coordination between the Biden transition’s Covid-19 “landing team” and the highest officers directing the federal authorities’s present pandemic response.
Fauci has already spoken with incoming White House chief of employees Ron Klain, however Thursday’s assembly, first reported by CNN, would be the first time that Fauci formally briefs Biden’s Covid team.
The nation’s foremost infectious illness skilled has beforehand stated he plans to stay in his publish at NIAID for the foreseeable future. Nine months into the coronavirus pandemic, the nation is at the moment experiencing its worst section but, with greater than 200,000 new circumstances and a file 2,800 deaths reported on Wednesday.
The assembly between Fauci and Biden’s advisors is going on later within the yr than many would have hoped. This is mainly due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to greenlight the beginning of a proper transition course of till final week, and his broader refusal to settle for his loss within the Nov. three presidential election.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House coronavirus job drive, can also be reportedly planning to start formal coordination with the Biden transition team this week.