Biden says Fauci will be chief medical adviser

President-elect Joe Biden says he is keeping Dr. Anthony Fauci on as a chief medical adviser President-elect Joe Biden says he is keeping Dr. Anthony Fauci on as a chief medical adviser |  Photo: Network pool via AP Video

Compiled from multiple Associated Press stories
Updated: December 04, 2020 10:20 AM
Created: December 03, 2020 05:51 PM

STORY UPDATE: Dr. Anthony Fauci says he told President-elect Joe Biden ' yes right on the spot.' 
  
WASHINGTON (AP) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s chief infectious disease expert, says there was never a question that he would accept President-elect Joe Biden’s offer to serve as his chief medical officer and adviser on the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci told NBC’s “Today” show on Friday, “I said yes right on the spot” after Biden asked him to serve during a conversation on Thursday.

As the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci has served several presidents, Republican and Democratic. But during President Donald Trump’s administration, he has been largely sidelined as Trump gave rosy assessments of the virus and insisted it would fade away.

Biden says Fauci will be chief medical adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden says he is keeping Dr. Anthony Fauci on as a chief medical adviser and a member of his COVID-19 advisory team. Biden told CNN on Thursday that he spoke with Fauci about the need to instill confidence in any coronavirus vaccine and the fact that “you don’t have to close down the economy” to combat the virus.

Biden says he’d be “happy” to get a vaccine publicly to prove its safety. The president-elect also said he would ask the public to wear masks for 100 days to help drive down the spread of the virus, which has killed more than 275,000 Americans.

Among his first acts as president, Biden says he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks. He stopped just short Thursday of the nationwide mandate he’s pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The move would mark a notable shift from President Donald Trump, whose own skepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to a politicization of the issue.

That’s made many people reticent to embrace a practice that public health experts say is one of the easiest tools to manage the pandemic, which has killed more than 275,000 Americans.

The president-elect has frequently emphasized mask-wearing as a “patriotic duty."
  

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