Birx Hopes To Brief President-Elect Biden On Pandemic; Biden Adds Members To COVID-19 Transition Team; POLITICO Examines Incoming Chief Of Staff Klain’s Experience

CNBC: White House health adviser Birx hopes to brief Biden Monday on coronavirus response
“White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she hopes to brief President-elect Joe Biden’s administration on America’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday. ‘I think the one thing that we will be able to bring to the Biden administration in that discussion is to understand how they want to see the data,’ Birx said during a Sunday interview on CBS ‘Face the Nation.’ The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment…” (Macias, 11/29).

CNN: Here’s who’s on President-elect Biden’s newly formed Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board
“President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ newly appointed Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board is led by established public health officials and staffed by a mix of doctors and current and former government officials, some with high-profile media visibility. … Here’s a look at who he has appointed to the board so far…” (Levenson, 11/28).

The Hill: Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force
“President-elect Joe Biden announced Saturday he is adding three new members to his transition team’s coronavirus task force as the incoming administration focuses on preparation to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The transition said in a statement that Jane Hopkins, Jill Jim, and David Michaels are joining the team, which is co-chaired by David Kessler, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and Marcella Nunez-Smith…” (Axelrod, 11/28).

POLITICO: Biden’s chief of staff has battled pandemics before. Here’s how he plans to beat this one.
“…Six years ago, President Barack Obama and his administration feared the kind of calamitous situation the coronavirus has unfortunately caused. To help ensure that did not happen, Obama tapped a veteran Democratic operative, Ron Klain, to oversee the response to the [Ebola] outbreak in West Africa that had already made its way to the U.S. Now Klain is on the verge of returning to the White House as chief of staff to President-elect Joe Biden as the country battles a raging pandemic far more deadly and pervasive than Ebola ever became. As one of the key architects of the incoming administration’s Covid-19 plan, Klain’s experience is already shaping how the next administration will respond…” (Ollstein, 11/30).

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