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

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE on Wednesday will reportedly ask for the resignation of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Biden to name nurse as acting surgeon general: report Judge drops case against former surgeon general over alleged virus restrictions violation 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 MurthyMurthy vows to focus on mental health effects of pandemic if confirmed as surgeon general The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Watch live: Biden surgeon general pick testifies at confirmation hearing 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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 WalenskyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Experts warn US risks delaying 'normal' summer Retailers fear a return of the mask wars 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."