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Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force: members. Plus, our current executive branch is going to be set on fire over the next 2 months.

photo by Einfach-Eve via– here’s hoping Biden’s team will be better than this.

The three co-chairs, according to Washington Post November 9: Vivek H. Murthy, surgeon general during the Obama administration; David Kessler, Food and Drug Administration commissioner under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; and Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine. 

Here are some others, according to WaPo:

The group includes several other prominent doctors:

· Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

· Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School who is a prolific author.

· Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

· Eric Goosby, global AIDS coordinator under President Barack Obama and professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine.

· Celine R. Gounder, clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine.

· Julie Morita, executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy focused on health issues.

· Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to global health issues.

· Robert Rodriguez, professor of emergency medicine at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center, and Beth Cameron, director for global health security and biodefense on the White House National Security Council during the Obama administration, are serving as advisers to the transition task force.

Everyone mentioned for the task force is an expert in epidemiology or public health or has executive experience as an administrator as well as being an MD. All of these people bring experience and education to the table.

Deborah Birx has said she has not been contacted by Biden’s transition team, and we hope that she will not be an integral part of the response– based on her track record of causing anguish among the present task force’s members. Anthony Fauci has refused to say whether he will be involved, but insists that he will continue in his job (which has continued through multiple administrations of both parties.)

Robert Redfield has apparently not been mentioned in relation to Biden’s task force. It should be noted that both Redfield and Birx have publicly stated their disagreement with the current favorite on the current task force, Scott Atlas. Redfield was overheard on a plane saying, “Everything he says is false” with reference to Atlas.

Unfortunately, both Redfield and Birx have serious shortcomings in their organizational abilities. We hope that they will be returned to less visible work, not leading any major groups in the anti-virus effort. Both are expert scientists, but neither is able to lead.

According to the Washington Post, Redfield has stated that he plans to “step down” in January. They seem to imply that [redacted] may try to fire him during the lame-duck period, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. In fact, a number of people may be forced out, including the FBI director, the heads of the CIA and NSA, and the Director of National Intelligence, decapitating our national security apparatus at a critical time of transition.

There are two news items here: first, Joe Biden plans to hit the ground running to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. Second, [redacted] intends to burn his government to the ground before he leaves on January 20.

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