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Rick Bright, Atul Gawande on Biden’s Covid task force

Other members of the advisory group include Luciana Borio, who served as the FDA’s acting chief scientist and on the National Security Council during the Trump administration, and University of Minnesota infectious disease specialist Michael Osterholm.

The task force also includes UCSF’s Eric Goosby, who helped shape HIV/AIDS policy during the Clinton and Obama administration; UCSF emergency physician Robert Rodriguez; and Loyce Pace of the Global Health Council.

The advisory board’s co-chairs are former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler and Yale’s Marcella Nunez-Smith. The group also includes NYU’s Celine Gounder, Obama White House aide Zeke Emanuel and RWJF’s Julie Morita, POLITICO previously reported.

The Biden-Harris transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is set to convene a meeting of its own coronavirus task force on Monday, led by Vice President Mike Pence, after that task force’s efforts were largely shunted aside this fall during President Donald Trump’s focus on his re-election bid.

There have been about 10 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the United States, and the pandemic shows no signs of slowing, public health experts have warned.


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