President-Elect Biden’s Coronavirus Team To Meet With Vaccine Makers This Week As Trump Administration Continues To Stall Transition; Biden Faces Changed Global Health World Order

CNBC: Biden team to meet with coronavirus vaccine makers this week as Trump stonewalls transition
“President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisors will meet with the leading drug companies developing coronavirus vaccines this week, Ron Klain, Biden’s newly selected chief of staff, said on Sunday. The meetings come even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede the election, though he acknowledged in a Tweet posted Sunday that Biden had won…” (Higgins-Dunn, 11/15).

POLITICO: Biden faces new global health world order
“The U.S. will soon be firmly back on the global health stage, but it may not be top dog anymore. While U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the World Health Organization; undermined his administration’s top infectious disease expert and alienated himself from world leaders, other countries stepped in. European nations in particular have been able to carve out valuable roles for themselves in the global health space. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rescind his country’s planned withdrawal from the WHO on his first day in office, but his predecessor has left him a vastly changed political space…” (Furlong, 11/13).

Quartz: How the U.S. can help WHO change for the greater good
“The coronavirus pandemic has shown what public health experts have known for a while: The World Health Organization (WHO), the public health offshoot of the United Nations, needs to function better in order to keep the world healthy. President-elect Joe Biden will have a chance to help fix it — but that might mean letting the U.S. have less influence over the organization…” (Ossola, 11/16).

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