Dr Fauci to meet with Biden team today for the first time

Danielle Zoellner
El Dr. Anthony Fauci insta a los estadounidenses a mantenerse al día con las pautas de salud pública para reducir el reciente aumento en los casos de Covid. (Getty Images)
El Dr. Anthony Fauci insta a los estadounidenses a mantenerse al día con las pautas de salud pública para reducir el reciente aumento en los casos de Covid. (Getty Images)

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading expert during the coronavirus pandemic, has revealed he will be meeting virtually with the Biden team for the first time on Thursday to discuss the novel virus.

"I'm going to be meeting with them today, by Zoom, by virtually. So today will be the first day where there will be substantive discussions about the transition between me and the Biden team," Fauci told CBS News's Major Garrett on the Takeout Podcast. "I'm very pleased that today we're having the first discussion about a number of things, vaccinations and things like that."

The infectious disease expert has not spoken directly to President-elect Joe Biden since he was projected as the winner of the 2020 election. Instead Dr Fauci said he’s had several conversations with Mr Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, in recent weeks about the pandemic, but said none of these talks were “substantive”.

That would now change with the expert speaking directly to Mr Biden’s landing team about the transition to a Biden administration and what that will mean for the government’s coronavirus response.

Transitioning to the Biden administration has been slower compared to past presidential transitions due to Donald Trump refusing to accept the election results. This has resulted in his administration providing little help to the incoming Biden administration.

Dr Fauci expressed regret the transition period did not happen earlier when speaking to Mr Garrett.

"I would have liked to have seen us getting involved with the team as early as we possibly can because we want the smooth transition to occur," he said. "Everyone believes that a smooth transition is certainly better than no transition."

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