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Politics Alex Azar resigns as Health and Human Services Secretary, citing Capitol mob

05:40  16 january  2021
05:40  16 january  2021 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Alex Azar , the Health and Human Services Secretary resigned earlier this week, citing the violent Capitol riot inflamed by President Donald Trump in his resignation letter obtained by NBC News. Azar said his resignation would become effective on Jan. 20th — the same date he would have been

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar resigned on Friday, citing last week's attack on the Capitol , CNN reported. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference about the latest coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary resigned earlier this week, citing the violent Capitol riot inflamed by President Donald Trump in his resignation letter obtained by NBC News.

Alex Azar wearing a suit and tie © Provided by NBC News

Azar said his resignation would become effective on Jan. 20th — the same date he would have been leaving office once President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

He said that the attack, and the president's slow response to condemn it, threaten to "tarnish" the achievements the administration has made over the past four years. In particular, Operation Warp Speed, which led to the creation of two vaccines to combat the raging coronavirus pandemic.

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has resigned , following several other administration officials who have quit in recent days, at the tail end of the Trump administration, citing last week's siege of the Capitol as a decisive factor.

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"That attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our Democracy and the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United States of America first brought to the world," he said. "I Implore you to continue to condemn unequivocally any form of violence, to demand that no one attempt to disrupt the inaugural activities in Washington or elsewhere and to continue to support unreservedly the peaceful and orderly transition of power on January 20, 2021."

"With the pandemic raging, the continued need to deliver vaccines and therapeutics to the American people, and the imperative of ensuring a smooth transition to the Biden Administration, I have determined that it is in the best interest of the people we serve to remain as Secretary until the end of the term," he said.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that he has met with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team and pledged a smooth transition, a rare recognition of the coming transfer of power from a top member of President Donald Trump's administration.

The Health and Human Services secretary fails his biggest test. Overall, Azar has backed Trump’s administration line of downplaying the effects of the virus that other public health officials have acknowledged is at least 10 times as deadly as the flu.

The Trump administration has been heavily criticized for its distribution strategy for vaccines. As of Thursday morning, out of more than 30 million vaccine doses distributed nationwide, just over 11 million doses have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The disease, which has shuttered businesses nationwide and sent the economy into a tailspin, has claimed the lives of more than 390,000 people since the end of February.

Trump administration officials finally began giving Biden's team access to critical Covid-19 vaccination data this week.

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