“It’s only 100 days of masking, not forever. 100 days. And I think we’re going to see a significant drop,” Biden told Tapper in his first joint interview with Kamala Harris, elected vice president, since winning the election. The full interview will be given at 9 p.m.
Biden also said he had invited Dr. Anthony Faucit as chief health consultant and part of Covid-19’s response team when his administration begins next year.
Biden said the conversation took place Thursday afternoon. CNN reported earlier in the day that Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus working group, had a scheduled meeting with Biden’s transition team.
“I asked him to stay on the same job as the previous several presidents, and I asked him to have a chief medical advisor with me and be part of the Covid team,” Biden told Tapper.
Biden added that Ron Klain, his incoming chief of staff, knew Fauci well and spoke to him “constantly.”
Biden and Trump have long taken a completely different approach to the virus, which was a matter of defining the presidential election. Trump fought many of the coronavirus recommendations made by his own administration, including wearing masks, while Biden strictly followed the coronavirus guidelines during the campaign.
Trump’s fight against coronavirus recommendations often contradicts Fauci, one of the most outspoken members of Trump’s working group. These clashes placed Faucit at the center of public attention, often seen as a hero on the left because of his commitment to science, against Trump’s remarks, and on the left on the right, especially among Trump’s loyalists.
Biden saw his coronavirus plans as a balance between ensuring that Americans believe the vaccine is safe and introducing a number of plans to curb the spread of the virus without shutting down the economy.
During the interview, Biden also said he would “be happy” to receive a coronavirus vaccine if Fauci says it is safe and that he will receive the vaccine publicly to prove his confidence in it.
“That’s the moment I stand in public,” and I get the vaccine, ”Biden said. “People have lost faith in the vaccine’s ability to work. Even the numbers are amazingly low, and it doesn’t matter what the president and vice president do.”
“I think three of my predecessors defined the model of what to do, saying that once it’s declared safe … then obviously we’ll take it, and it’s important to communicate with the American people,” Biden said.
“It’s about what kind of precedent it sets and what the rest of the world (to us) looks like as a nation of law and justice,” Biden said, adding that his ministry of justice “will operate independently on these issues”. and how to respond to Trump’s possible graces.
“I’m not going to tell them what to do and what not to do,” Biden said. “I’m not going to say ‘prosecute A, B or C,’ I’m not going to tell them. It’s not this role, it’s not my Ministry of Justice, it’s the Ministry of People’s Justice. So if I choose to lead a department, there will be people who will be able to decide for themselves who to prosecute and against whom. “
Biden concluded that his administration was not as close to grace as Trump was, adding, “We will approach the justice system in a completely different way.”
Biden has not yet elected Attorney General, but he is thinking of several names, including former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Doug Jones, a former alabama senator who was defeated in November; and Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama; among others.
Harris echoed Biden’s remarks about the Department of Justice.
“We’re not going to tell the Department of Justice how to do its job,” Harris said. “And we’re going to assume, and I’m saying this as a former lawyer elected in California … that any decision from the Department of Justice must be based on facts, based on the law, not influenced by the political period.”
Biden interjected, “And I guarantee they’ll run that way.”