Deborah Birx, Response Coordinator of the White House Coronavir Task Force, will speak as President Donald Trump listens to the daily briefing on the morning coronavirus, COVID-19, at the White House Brady briefing on April 21, 2020 in Washington.
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WASHINGTON – White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Deborah Birx said she hopes President Joe Biden’s administration will inform America of its response to the Covid-19 epidemic on Monday.
“I think one of the things we can bring to the Biden administration during the meeting is to understand how they want to see the data,” Birx said during a Sunday interview with CBS “Face the Nation”.
The Biden transition team did not respond immediately to CNBC’s comments.
Birx explained that over the past nine months, the federal government has collected detailed data to monitor and measure the virus, which is a key element in shaping responses. Birx, citing nationwide data, has raised concerns about a possible rise in coronavirus cases in the United States over Thanksgiving.
“By Memorial Day weekend, there were less than 25,000 people a day, there were only 30,000 inpatients in the hospital, and we had far fewer deaths, well under a thousand,” Birx said.
“We are entering the post-Thanksgiving wave with three, four and ten times as many illnesses across the country, so that worries us the most,” Birx said, referring to his colleague, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“We know people could have made mistakes during Thanksgiving,” Birx said, adding that “if you’re young and gathered, you have to test about five to ten days later.”
“And if you are over 65 or have comorbidities and have gathered for Thanksgiving, if you have any symptoms, you should be examined immediately,” Birx said.
Travelers pass through O’Hare International Airport before Thanksgiving during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) epidemic, Chicago, Illinois, November 25, 2020.
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Last week, Health and Human Rights Secretary Alex Azar said an official leading the transition planning effort briefed Biden’s team on Operation Warp Speed, a program tasked with developing a vaccine against the coronavirus.
“We will receive all the pre-prepared interim information materials immediately,” Azar said Tuesday.
“We will provide them with coordinated briefings to ensure they get whatever information they think they need,” Azar said, adding that “planning and implementing the transition will be professional, collaborative and cooperative”.
The shift in information from the incoming Biden government about the unfolding health crisis has been delayed for weeks by the official delay in the transfer of power by President Donald Trump following the U.S. presidential election.
And with less than 12 weeks left in the Trump administration, the president did not allow the election for Biden.
Trump was also criticized for failing to control the spread of the deadly disease.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus has claimed at least 1.44 million lives worldwide and infected more than 61.64 million people worldwide. With more than 13 million cases of coronavirus, the United States is facing the most severe epidemic in terms of total numbers. In the United States, more than 264,000 people have died from the disease.
Earlier this month, Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval for their Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA process is expected to take several weeks, and an advisory committee meeting is scheduled for early December to review the vaccine.
Pfizer announced on July 22 that the United States has agreed to purchase 100 million doses of its vaccine for up to $ 1.95 billion. The agreement, part of Operation Warp Speed, will allow the United States to procure an additional 500 million doses of the vaccine.