Biden’s transition team unveils members of Covid-19 task force

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WASHINGTON – President-elect Biden’s transition team on Monday unveiled the members of his Covid-19 task force, a who’s-who of former government health officials, academics and leading medical figures.The list includes Rick Bright, the former head of the BARDA vaccine development agency ousted by the Trump administration in April; Atul Gawande, surgeon, writer and recently departed CEO of Haven, the JP Morgan Chase-Berkshire Hathaway-Amazon healthcare joint venture; and Luciana Borio, former Food and Drug Administration official and biodefense specialist.

Biden has made the growing Covid-19 crisis a priority for his new administration. The task force, he said, would quickly consult with state and local health officials on how best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, reopen schools and businesses, and address the racial disparities that have left communities of color hit harder than others by the pandemic.

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“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 Monday. “The advisory committee will help shape my approach to managing the outbreak of reported infections; ensure that vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably and free of charge; and the protection of populations at risk. “



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