Biden expected to ask surgeon general to resign after inauguration ceremony: report

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE on Wednesday will reportedly ask for the resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsIndiana county ends needle exchange program credited with containing an HIV outbreak Fauci: Americans 'misinterpreting' mask rules Former surgeon general: CDC 'fumbled the ball at the one-yard line' with new mask guidance messaging MORE shortly after he takes office at noon.

The Washington Post reported that Biden will request Adams's resignation as one of his first acts as president; he previously announced in December that Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyWhite House admits July 4 vaccine marker will be missed The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? A full pandemic recovery demands mental health support MORE would return to the role under his administration.

Adams's resignation will represent a break from the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Post reported. Murthy was previously fired by President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE in the spring of 2017.


Biden is set to name an acting surgeon general within hours, according to the Post, though the position will reportedly not go to Deputy Surgeon General Erica Schwartz, who has said she will retire after being passed over. A request for comment from Biden's transition team was not immediately returned.

The president-elect's efforts to break with his predecessor's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic comes as the U.S. recently passed 400,000 deaths nationwide from the virus, and experts have warned that cases will reach their peak in the coming weeks.

Biden's incoming Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief, Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyFauci warns of 'localized surges' in areas with low vaccination rates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden support, gas tax questions remain on infrastructure Overnight Health Care: Biden touts 300 million vaccine doses in 150 days | Biden warns of 'potentially deadlier' delta variant | Public option fades with little outcry from progressives MORE, predicted Sunday that the U.S. could see another 100,000 deaths before the end of February.

“I think we still have some dark weeks ahead,” she said on CBS's "Face the Nation."