Slavitt steps down as White House coronavirus response coordinator

Slavitt steps down as White House coronavirus response coordinator
© Greg Nash

Andy Slavitt on Wednesday stepped down from his position as senior adviser to the Biden administration’s coronavirus pandemic response effort.

Slavitt’s role on the team was always going to be temporary, and he announced on Tuesday that Wednesday would be his last day on the job.

“It has been an honor to serve the public as part of President BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE’s COVID response team these past 4 months. As planned, I’m returning to my family today. The nation is in great hands to meet the challenges ahead,” Slavitt tweeted Wednesday.

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Slavitt assumed his position earlier this year after President Biden’s inauguration.

Other government health officials praised Slavitt’s service Tuesday after he announced his departure.

“Andy, you are a class act, and we will miss you greatly,” said Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Fauci: 'Worst time' for a government shutdown is in middle of pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in MORE, the government’s leading infectious diseases expert. 

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Slavitt’s departure comes amid a stark drop in coronavirus cases. The seven-day average of new infections is under 15,000 cases, its lowest level since late March 2020, and most states have lifted masking and capacity restrictions. 

The Biden administration has also rolled out a goal of getting 70 percent of adults to get at least one vaccine dose by July 4, though vaccine demand has stalled.

Prior to serving in the Biden administration, Slavitt worked as the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2015 to 2017.