President-elect Joe Biden’s transition staff has been in contact with Dr. Anthony Fauci and have taken concrete steps in fulfilling their promise to tackle the COVID-19 virus their top priority. Biden said that Fauci has been “very, very helpful.”
Fauci told CNN that he has spoken with the president-elect’s transition team and hopes that he stays as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci has headed the agency since 1984 and has served under six administrations. He is considered the most prominent health official and the country’s leading epidemiologist.
Biden has said that he will put more emphasis on encouraging the use of masks and social distancing, and other measures. He also plans to promote more testing and contact tracing efforts, The Hill reported.
The United States has the most number of confirmed cases in the world, with more than 12.4 million persons found positive for COVID-19. There are close to 150,000 new cases reported every day, and more than 250,000 deaths so far.