Biden, Harris briefed on new COVID strain

U.S. president-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and vice president-elect Kamala D. Harris on Tuesday were updated on the escalating number of COVID cases and the emergence of the new strain of the virus in the US, their team said in a statement.

Biden and Harris met with members of their COVID team, including COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC Director-designate Dr. Rochelle Walensky, COVID-19 Deputy Coordinator Natalie Quillian, COVID-19 Vaccinations Coordinator Bechara Couchair, and the co-chairs of his COVID-19 transition task force — former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, incoming Health Equity Task Force Chair Marcella Nunez-Smith, and U.S. Surgeon General-nominee Vivek Murthy.

“The team briefed the president-elect and vice president-elect on plans to enhance and accelerate vaccinations after they are sworn in,” the Biden-Harris team said in a statement.

“A number of options were discussed, and the president-elect directed the team to explore all possible avenues — particularly increasing federal leadership — to accelerate getting the U.S. population vaccinated.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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