Dr. Fauci Reveals What He Spoke About With the Biden Administration
With the presidential transition underway, President-elect Joe Biden said his team has talked to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci has been the leading voice on how to handle the pandemic, at his organization and in public appearances. "He's been very, very helpful," said Biden. Now, for the first time, Fauci has described his conversation with the Biden team. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci Said He "Touched Base" With the Chief of Staff
Dr. Anthony Fauci revealed to C-SPAN that he has been in touch with the Biden administration. Fauci said he hasn't spoken to Biden directly but said "I've touched bases with Chief of Staff Ron Klain. We didn't have, like, a real substantive conversation about the nuts and bolts of things. We just wanted to touch base in preparation for soon. Obviously we'll be getting the transition team and the task force, hopefully, to kind of give them the information that would make their assuming the responsibilities easier and more efficient. So I have touched bases with Ron Klain."
Asked if he would serve on a Biden administration coronavirus task force, Fauci answered, "Of course. Yeah. The answer is absolutely."
Fauci went on to comment that he didn't want to get too deep into what he's anticipating from the Biden administration specifically on the idea of testing and tracing.
"Yeah, you know, I don't really want to get ahead of them," he said. "They will have their agenda. We will discuss it together. I certainly would give them recommendations and benefit from the experience that I've had over the last, almost a full year, but I don't want to get ahead of them and sort of make announcements of what they should do. We really need to sit down and talk together and then we'll come out with that."
Biden Calls the Pandemic "One of the Most Important Battles"
Biden has previously put together an advisory board that includes Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, who was the 19th Surgeon General of the United States; Rick Bright, a onetime Health and Human Services; and Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH. Fauci wasn't named on the board because it would have been "inappropriate," experts said, given that he was still on President Trump's task force, and the transition hadn't started yet.
"Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts," said President-elect Biden duing his panel announcement. "The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations."
How to Survive the Pandemic
Follow Dr. Fauci's fundamentals to protect yourself, your loved one and your fellow humans:
- Universal wearing of masks.
- Maintaining physical distance.
- Avoiding congregate settings or crowds.
- Doing more outdoors, as opposed to indoors.
- Washing hands frequently.
- Avoiding travel during this Thanksgiving holiday, as recommended by the CDC, or doing a risk assessment, per Fauci: Ask yourself who am I putting in danger of death and is it worth it?
- And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.