US President-elect Joe Biden has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to be part of his administration’s COVID-19 response team. In an interview with CNN on Thursday, Biden said he wants National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Fauci to serve as a chief medical adviser under his new administration beginning in January.
“I asked him to stay on in the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of theteam,” Biden told CNN on Thursday. The full interview is set to air at 6 p.m. PT.
Fauci is a member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force but has frequently come under fire from Trump for his science-backed recommendations to help slow the spread.
In the US, more than 275,000 people have died from COVID-19 and 14 million cases have been confirmed.
Biden added that he would get the COVID-19 vaccine publicly once Fauci approves it so as to restore “faith in the ability of the vaccine to work,” CNN said. His comments mirror offers earlier this week by.
According to CNN, on the day of his inauguration, Biden will also ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days.
The Biden-Harris transition team and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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