On the 3rd local time, President-elect Biden said in an interview with CNN that he had talked to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and invited him to serve as the chief medical adviser and member of the coronavirus response team in the new government. Biden also said that from the first day of his appointment, all Americans will be urged to wear masks for 100 days.
Biden said in an interview with CNN that he had invited Fauci to continue to serve as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and also invited him to serve as the chief medical adviser and become a member of the coronavirus response team. Biden revealed that his transition team and Fauci had a conversation on the afternoon of the 3rd local time. Biden added that incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klein is also familiar with Fauci, and they have been communicating.
In addition, Biden said in an interview that he planned to urge all Americans to wear masks on the day of his inauguration and maintain it for 100 days. Biden said it only took 100 days to see a sharp decline in new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Biden said he would issue a long-term order that must wear masks in places he has the authority to stipulate, such as airplanes and buses in federal government buildings or interstate transportation.
Biden also said in an interview that people have lost confidence in the role of vaccines. Once Fauci thinks it’s safe, he’ll be happy to get the coronavirus vaccine and says he’ll be open to show his confidence in the vaccine. Biden said his plan for epidemic prevention and control was a balance between ensuring Americans believed that a vaccine was safe and developing a series of plans that would curb the spread of the virus without shutting down economic activity.
President-elect Biden of the United States: When Fauci declared that a vaccine was safe, it was my moment to stand in front of the public. People have lost confidence in vaccines, and trust in vaccines has been alarmingly low. What the president and vice president do is important. Once it is declared safe, it is obvious that we will take action. It is very important to send the (right) message to the American people: it is safe and vaccination is safe.
Biden’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic is completely different from that of US President Trump. Trump opposed many of his administration’s epidemic prevention and control proposals, including wearing masks, while Biden strictly followed epidemic prevention and control guidelines during the campaign. The U.S. Capitol Hill reported that although Biden expressed his desire to wear masks for everyone, he did not have the right to directly order the mandatory nationwide order to wear masks. Some experts suggest that Biden can tie federal funds to a mask-wearing bill, and that if state governors don’t cooperate, he can pressure local mayors to urge people to wear masks themselves