President-elect Joe Biden started the week addressing deadly coronavirus. BlackPressUSA photo
President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team announced the group of public health experts that make up his coronavirus advisory board, which includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleged that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored and ultimately led to his removal.
Revealing the members of the pandemic task force is the transition’s first major announcement, highlighting how important the president-elect finds combating the deadly virus which has taken more than 230,000 lives in the United States. The announcement also comes as the nation nears 10 million cases, with over 9.9 million reported cases as of early Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The task force is chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Yale University’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith. Among the other thirteen members are Dr. Luciana Borio, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Dr. Zeke Emanuel, one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act and an ex-Obama health adviser.
Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received a briefing from the transition coronavirus advisory board Monday afternoon. Biden then delivered remarks on his plans to combat the virus and to rebuild the American economy.
Since the outset of the pandemic, Biden pledged repeatedly on the campaign trail that he would listen to the advice from scientists and public health experts about the pandemic if elected president and slammed President Donald Trump’s handling of the virus. In his first remarks as the president-elect, he said he believes the mandate given to the American people includes marshaling “the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.” The first such battle Biden cited was that to control the virus.