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- President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday he asked Anthony Fauci to serve as both chief medical adviser and a member of the administration’s coronavirus response team.
- He will continue his role as director of NIAID, a position he has held through six presidential administrations.
The nation’s top infectious diseases expert will join President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to serve as chief medical adviser after Biden takes office on Jan. 20.
During an interview with CNN Thursday, Biden said he asked Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to serve in the role and be part of his administration’s coronavirus response team.
“I asked him to stay on in the exact same role as he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well and part of the [COVID-19] team,” Biden said.
On Friday, Fauci told NBC’s “Today” he accepted the position.
“Oh, absolutely. I said yes right on the spot,” Fauci said when asked if he’d accepted the position.
He will continue his role as director of NIAID, a position he has held through six presidential administrations.
Fauci has been a top member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force but was largely sidelined by President Trump over the summer after giving increasingly blunt warnings and assessments of the threat of the virus.
At times, his statements put him at odds with President Trump, though Fauci has walked a line between contradicting the president and directly criticizing him.
The move by the incoming Biden administration comes as the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. is breaking records.
Currently, the U.S. is averaging more than 173,000 new cases every day and 1,780 deaths. More than 100,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to The Covid Tracking Project.
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