Anthony Fauci meets with Joe Biden’s Covid Transition Group for the primary time

Director of the National Allergy and Infectious Disease Institute Anthony Fauci speaks with Vice President Mike Pence as they attend a press conference with a member of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House Thursday. November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, will meet for the first time on Thursday with members of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus pandemic response team, a transition official told CNBC.

The virtual meeting is an important step towards full coordination between the Biden transition’s Covid-19 landing team and the top officials leading the federal government’s current pandemic response.

Fauci has already spoken to the new White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, but Thursday’s meeting, first reported by CNN, will be the first time Fauci has officially informed Biden’s Covid team.

The country’s foremost infectious disease expert previously said he plans to remain in his post with NIAID for the foreseeable future. Nine months after the coronavirus pandemic, the nation is currently in its worst phase yet. More than 200,000 new cases and a record of 2,800 deaths were reported on Wednesday.

The meeting between Fauci and Biden’s advisors takes place later in the year than many would have hoped. This is mainly due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to green-light the start of a formal transition process until last week and his more general refusal to accept his loss in the November 3 presidential election.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who coordinates the White House’s coronavirus task force, is also reportedly planning to begin formal coordination with the Biden transition team this week.

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