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Biden transition team forms COVID-19 advisory board

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The transition team for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday announced the formation of a COVID-19 advisory board to help shape the upcoming administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The board consists of 13 public health experts and will be led by co-chairs Dr. David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner; Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former US surgeon general; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a researcher at Yale university. 

“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,” said Biden in a statement. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”

The total number of coronavirus cases in the US is nearing 10 million, with the country reporting over 100,000 new daily COVID-19 cases on multiple days last week. More than 200,000 people have died due to COVID-19 in the US, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

In addition to the three co-chairs, the other members Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board include: Dr. Luciana Borio, Dr. Rick Bright, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Dr. Atul Gawande, Dr. Celine Gounder, Dr. Julie Morita, Dr. Michael Osterholm, Ms. Loyce Pace, Dr. Robert Rodriguez and Dr. Eric Goosby.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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