Biden unveils COVID-19 task force, as Trump whines over election defeat

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As President Donald Trump continues to whine over his election defeat, President-elect Joe Biden is already at work.

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On Monday, Biden named health experts to serve on his coronavirus task force.

The task force is headed by three cochairs: former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler and Yale University’s Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

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The three cochairs also served as advisers on Biden’s campaign.

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Another health expert name on Monday is Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) who said he was forced out of his position earlier this year after he opposed the promotion of unproven COVID-19 treatments.

Others who will serve on the panel are bioethicist and oncologist Zeke Emanuel, who served as former adviser to the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act and is brother to former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, and Atul Gawande, a surgeon who served as advisor to the Clinton and Obama administration.

“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement.

The task force was announced as the United States approaches 10 million coronavirus cases. More than 237,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus under the leadership of President Donald Trump.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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