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Politics Biden Says His Staff Has Spoken With ‘Very Helpful’ Fauci

01:35  25 november  2020
01:35  25 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Biden said his staff had already spoken to Fauci , the director of the National Institute of Allergy and He's been very , very helpful ,' Biden said . Biden 's team will also soon meet with the White House Coronavirus Task Force. It's unclear if that would include the entire task force, which includes

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(Bloomberg) -- President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that his staff had spoken to Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, one day after President Donald Trump’s administration agreed to participate in the presidential transition.

Anthony S. Fauci wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. The White House held its first Coronavirus Task Force briefing in months as cases of COVID-19 are surging across the country ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) © Photographer: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. The White House held its first Coronavirus Task Force briefing in months as cases of COVID-19 are surging across the country ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Biden said he had not spoken to Fauci himself yet, but he has widely praised Fauci’s efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus around the country. The incoming president had urged more cooperation amid spiking cases.

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Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, whose approach to coronavirus carries weight given his successful marshaling of the federal response as “Ebola tsar” in It can’t wait until the last minute.” On CNN’s State of the Union, Dr Anthony Fauci was asked how problematic the lack of communication could be.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak to Dr. Fauci,” he said, adding “he’s been very, very helpful.”

Biden said he would agree to meet with Trump, if invited. A meeting between the president and his successor is a traditional part of the transition, but is complicated by Trump’s refusal to concede. Coronavirus precautions would also be necessary.

Biden also said the White House told his team that he would begin receiving the presidential daily intelligence brief, though he hasn’t had one yet.

“They’ve been very forthcoming, offering all access, and so we’re going to be starting those on a regular basis,” he said.

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Biden's team has made contact with Dr. Fauci, and the president-elect said he has been 'very, very helpful' in briefings with staff .
The contact between Fauci and Biden's team comes as the US may be entering the darkest stage yet of the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, more than 88,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19, "reaching a new all-time high for the 15th consecutive day," according to The Covid Tracking Project. More than 2,000 new deaths were also reported.

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