Dr. Fauci to Meet with President-Elect Joe Biden’s Transition Team

Dr. Anthony Fauci and President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team are scheduled to formally meet this afternoon to discuss the pandemic, according to CNN. Dr. Fauci has also had some preliminary conversations with the incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain, according to NBC News.

Dr. Fauci, who has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years, worked with Klain when the latter helped lead the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak. Dr. Fauci is also one of the leaders of Trump’s White House coronavirus task force.

“I’m very pleased that today we’re having the first discussion about a number of things, vaccinations and things like that,” Dr. Fauci said, according to CBS News.

Biden’s “landing team” that is assigned to the National Institutes of Health will meet with Dr. Fauci at 2 p.m. today to talk about Covid-19 as the number of cases nationwide continues to surge. There were more than 2,800 Covid-19 deaths reported yesterday. Hospitals are also buckling under the pressure. Officials saw the highest number of hospitalizations reported in one day yesterday with 100,226 patients nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

While Trump has long ignored scientists, Biden said he is intent on following the guidance laid out by health experts. He has also already assigned a 12-member coronavirus advisory board which is chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who said his warnings about Covid-19 were ignored by Trump.