The man who was arguably the most effective member of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been asked to resign by the incoming Biden administration.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui led the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, which developed a vaccine for COVID-19 in record time – far earlier than anyone predicted. Under the current plan, Slaoui will stay on for another month to help with the Biden transition, CNBC reported.
“It’s not clear who will take scientific lead for the Biden team focused on Covid vaccines or if someone will be appointed to that role. Two vaccines are already authorized in the U.S. and three more are in late-stage clinical trials. Jeff Zients is Biden’s coordinator of the Covid-19 response, while Bechara Choucair will be Covid vaccine coordinator, focused on speeding inoculations,” the outlet reported.
A source told CNBC that Biden’s team has not asked Slaoui to say on past Febuary 12, which is 30 days away.