Indian-American Vivek Murthy on Monday, 9th November 2020 was named as one of the three co-chairpersons of the COVID task force. The Advisory Board will be guiding President-elect Joe Biden on how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 236000 lives in the US.
Dr. Murthy is a former US Surgeon General. Murthy together with two other co-chairpersons Marcella Nunez-Smith and David Kessler will lead a team of leading public health experts. They will advise President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the deadly virus.
Biden said that dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles the US administration will face. And he himself wants to be informed by science and by experts.
The US is the worst-hit country by the global pandemic. New cases are rising in at least 40 states of the country. According to the media release, more than 9.3 million total infections, and more than 236,000 deaths happened.
Biden further said that the advisory board will help shape his approach to managing the surge in reported infections. This will ensure vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free. Also ensuring that it will protect at-risk populations.
The Biden-Harris transition team said that Dr. Rebecca Katz and Dr. Beth Cameron are serving as advisors to the transition on COVID-19. They will also be working closely with the Advisory Board.
Joe Biden Pledges To Focus On The Coronavirus Pandemic And Help Curb It
David Kessler is a former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner who was on duty from 1990 to 1997. Murthy was serving as the 19th Surgeon General of the US from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Marcella is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management at Yale University. She is also serving as the Associate Dean for Health Equity Research at the Yale School of Medicine.
President-elect Joe Biden has taken a pledge to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic. The raging pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives each week in the country. Biden will focus on the virus by providing free treatment to those in need, curbing the spread of the virus, and elevating the voices of scientists and also public health experts helping with the slowdown of the disease.
According to media reports, the COVID task force will help guide the Biden-Harris Transition in planning for the robust federal response of the President-elect.
Other members of the Biden-Harris Advisory Board include Luciana Borio, Rick Bright, Loyce Pace, Ezekiel Emanuel, Celine Gounder, Michael Osterholm, Julie Morita, Robert Rodriguez, and Eric Goosby.