While Donald Trump has not yet conceded his defeat, Joe Biden has already appointed a team that will be responsible for advising him in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite the reluctance of the current occupant of the White House, the transition is moving forward. Joe Biden, whose victory in Pennsylvania announced on Saturday saw him win enough voters to secure the presidency, has announced that he has already appointed a team to advise him in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “Managing the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important struggles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and experts. The advisory committee will help shape my approach to managing the increase in contamination, to ensure that vaccines will be safe, effective and distributed effectively, fairly and free of charge, and to protect populations at risk, ”read the article. site of the transition team, BuildBackBetter, “ReconstruireMieux”. The Democrat promises to be "ready from day one", while more than 40 American states deplore an increase in contamination.
Three doctors will lead this team: David Kessler, Vivek Murthy and Marcela Nunez-Smith. The first was the director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under Bill Clinton, the second is the former public health administrator under Barack Obama and the third is a professor of public health at the university at Yale.
Among the team, a former Trump administration
By highlighting his respect for the scientific word, Joe Biden moves a little further away from a Donald Trump who, on the eve of the election, threatened to fire Dr.Anthony Fauci, director of the Institute of Infectious Diseases and one of the main members of the White House team to fight Covid-19. Among the members of this team is a scientist who worked for the Trump administration: Rick Bright, who until the end of April headed the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a government agency responsible for developing treatments and vaccines against the new coronavirus. Last spring, he said he had been dismissed from his post after worrying about the promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment against Covid-19 by Donald Trump but also having sounded, in January, the alarm bells on the insufficient number of masks and protections for caregivers.
This appointment comes as the American companies Pfizer and German BioNTech have announced that the vaccine they have developed was "90% effective" in preventing Covid-19 contamination. A news which was delighted Donald Trump who, for months, had been promising a vaccine before his election: "SO GOOD NEWS!", He wrote on Twitter on Monday, adding that "THE PURCHASE [was] BIG INCREASE".
STOCK MARKET UP BIG, VACCINE COMING SOON. REPORT 90% EFFECTIVE. SUCH GREAT NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
Covid-19 has killed more than 237,500 in the United States, where nearly 9.98 million infections have been recorded.