President-elect Joe Biden’s task force to combat the growing coronavirus emergency will include a former Trump administration official who sounded the alarm over untested drugs promoted by the president as his aides ignored warnings and rewarded cronies while the nation’s case count surged.
Rick Bright, whose office was responsible for overseeing the development of a vaccine, alleged in a stunning whistleblower report – among the first high-profile revelations of the inner-workings of the administration’s response to the pandemic – that US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar ”appeared intent on downplaying this catastrophic threat” and linked government contracts to private companies to pressure from Jared Kushner, the president’s top adviser and son-in-law.
The president-elect’s task force also includes former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler, who served under both the Bill Clinton and George W Bush administrations, as well as Barack Obama’s former surgeon general Vivek Murphy.
Dr Zeke Emanuel, a former Obama adviser who helped design the Affordable Care Act, will also join the panel.
The president-elect and vice president-elect Kamala Harris are expected to receive a briefing from the coronavirus transition advisory team on Monday, followed by remarks from Mr. Biden about his incoming administration’s plans to tackle the growing public health crisis.
On Saturday, following declarations of his victory against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race, Mr. Biden said his transition advisers shaping his plan will “convert it into an action blueprint” to begin immediately upon entering office in January.
“That plan will be built on bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy, and concern,” he said in remarks from Delaware. “I will spare no effort or commitment to turn this pandemic around.”
Nigerian Communication Commission
COVID-19 deaths increase by 80% in Africa, driven by Delta variant — WHO
Tokyo Olympics: Basketball fans express disappointment with France’s victory over D’Tigress
2021 Museum Day: Danbatta harps on innovative Museums for sustainable development
COREN suspends two Engineers for misconduct
BREAKING: Kaduna Govt files fresh charges against El-Zakzaky
Headlines2 days ago
AFRIPOST celebrates CEO of Stanel Group, Stanley Uzochukwu on his birthday
Headlines7 days ago
FG extends NIN-SIM verification deadline, targets remote areas, institutions
Headlines3 days ago
BREAKING: Court discharges, acquits El-Zakzaky, wife
Metro3 days ago
Shareholders take VW holding company to court over diesel scandal
Metro5 days ago
Police arrest house help, three others over alleged killing of banker in Yobe
Headlines6 days ago
Baptist school students: Kaduna bandits collect N50m ransom, hold back 87 students
News6 days ago
Germany returns 7,000 Benin artefacts to Nigeria October – Official
BUSINESS4 days ago
Bitcoin rises above $40,000