WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has been briefed on America’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told reporters on Tuesday.
Azar said that Monday night counteradministrator Erica Schwartz, who led transition planning, briefed the Biden team on Operation Warp Speed, which aims to bring a coronavirus vaccine to the public in record time.
“We’ll get all the materials we have prepared for the transition meeting immediately,” said Azar.
“We will ensure coordinated briefings with them to ensure they get all the information they think is necessary,” said Azar, adding that “the planning and execution of the transition will be professional, collaborative and collaborative.”
The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The move ends weeks of delays in the formal handover of power from President Donald Trump to the Biden administration after the US presidential election. Trump did not give the election to Biden.
The US is grappling with a dramatic recurrence of coronavirus cases as major holidays approach. So far, the nation has recorded at least 257,991 deaths related to Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Trump administration has been criticized for not doing enough to control the spread of the deadly disease.
Last week Pfizer and its partner BioNTech applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval for their Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA process is expected to take a few weeks, and an advisory committee meeting to review the vaccine is planned for early December.
Pfizer announced on July 22 that the US had agreed to purchase 100 million doses of its vaccine for up to $ 1.95 billion. The agreement, which is part of Operation Warp Speed, allows the US to purchase an additional 500 million doses of vaccine.