Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, will speak to Vice President Mike Pence as he attends a briefing with members of the White House coronavirus working group at the White House James S. Brady press conference on November 19, 2020 in Washington DC.
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Washington – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will meet for the first time on Thursday with members of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus epidemiology team, an interim official told CNBC.
The virtual meeting is a significant step toward full coordination between Biden’s transition Covid-19 “landing team” and senior officials in the federal government leading to the current pandemic.
Fauci has already spoken with White House incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, but at Thursday’s meeting, first announced by CNN, Fauci will officially inform Biden Covid’s team.
The nation’s first infectious disease expert said earlier that he would stay with NIAID in the foreseeable future. Nine months after the coronavirus epidemic, the country is currently experiencing its worst phase to date, with more than 200,000 new cases and a record 2,800 deaths reported on Wednesday.
The meeting of Fauci and Biden’s advisers will take place later in the year, as many would have hoped. This is mainly due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to open the green road to the start of the formal transition process until last week and his wider refusal to accept his loss in the November 3 presidential election.
Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House coronavirus task force, also plans to begin formal coordination with Biden’s transition team this week.