Washington – President-elect joe Biden has asked top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci to continue in his job and serve as Biden’s chief medical adviser and on the Covid-19 team after Biden takes office on January 20, said Biden on Thursday.
In an interview with CNN, Biden revealed that Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, spoke to him and his team preparing to deal with the virus on Thursday.
“I asked him to stay on in the exact same role as he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well and be part of the COVID team,” said Biden.
The President-elect also said he would get the Covid-19 vaccine when Fauci says it is safe and would be happy to take it publicly.
“It’s important to communicate to the American people it’s safe, safe to do this,” he said.
Despite news that vaccines against the virus may begin to be distributed in the coming weeks, the US is experiencing a new surge in hospitalisation and deaths.
The daily death toll reaches its second-highest of the pandemic on Wednesday with 2 811 lives lost. According to a tally by Reuters.
Biden also told CNN that once in office he would issue a standing order that Americans must wear masks in federal buildings and on interstate transportation such as airplanes and buses.
“I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” Biden said. “Not forever, 100 days.”