President-elect Joe Biden has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to fill his senior medical advisor, and the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said he accepted it “absolutely”.
During a CNN interview on Thursday, Biden said he had asked Faucit to remain in his administration “in exactly the same role as he had for the last several presidents” – the director of NIAID – and said he had asked Faucit to be a “chief medical officer”. consultant ’.
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During his appearance on NBC News on Friday’s “TODAY,” Fauci was asked about his conversation with Bidend and whether he accepted the president-elect’s offer.
“Oh, absolutely,” Fauci said. – Yes, I said yes on the spot, yes.
Biden’s incoming chief of staff, Ronald Klain, responded shortly after the interview to accepting Fauci, stating, “There are few civil servants in our history who have served Dr. Tony Fauci for so long, so well, and with so much discrimination.”
“It will be a great honor to work with him again,” Klain tweeted.
Fauci was an integral member of President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Biden also said on Thursday that from the day of the inauguration – January 20, 2021 – he will ask Americans to wear a mask for 100 days in order to reduce the number of cases of the coronavirus.
“On the first day they’re installed, I’ll ask the public 100 days to disguise it,” Biden said. “Only 100, not forever – 100 days.”
“I think we’re going to see a significant reduction during vaccinations and masking to significantly reduce the numbers.”
Biden’s remarks came a day after the U.S. on Wednesday found the number of deaths caused by a new coronavirus at 2,804, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Asked whether Biden’s mask proposal of just 100 days was too short within a given period and gave false hope that the epidemic could come to a complete halt at the end of that period, Fauci defended the president-elect’s remarks.
“No no. That’s not what he thought,” Fauci said. “He just wants to get a uniform.” It’s a good idea. He says, hey, people, trust me, everyone for 100 days.
“Now we may still need it afterwards,” Fauci explained. “But he just wants to – everyone for a 100-day commitment.”
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Fauci added, “And I talked to him and told him I thought it was a good idea.”
The nation, which has registered more than 14 million cases and more than 275,000 deaths since the start of the epidemic, has also registered 200,070 new daily COVID-19 cases, although it did not exceed the previous daily record of 205,557 on November 27.
The daily record number of deaths coincides with the news of a record number of hospital coronavirus patients, which will exceed 100,000 on Tuesday. The grim milestone comes when health officials warned of the tensions and closure fatigue associated with holiday travel.
Fox News ’Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to the report.