President-elect Joe Biden plans to meet Monday with his new coronavirus taskforce and give remarks about his plans for tackling the pandemic, as well as rebuilding the economy.
“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement Monday.
“The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations,” he added.
The board will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Yale University Associate Professor Marcella Nunez-Smith.
Among the panel’s 10 members will be Rick Bright, who was removed as head of a federal agency called the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority earlier this year.
In April, he filed a whistleblower complaint claiming he was ousted for refusing to promote hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that had been touted by President Trump as a coronavirus treatment.
Also on the board are Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease & Policy at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Atul Gawande, a former senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration; and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, former special adviser for health policy in the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Obama Administration, ABC News reported.
Some board members previously served on Biden’s public health advisory committee that was assembled in March during the Democratic Primary. Murthy, Kessler and Emanuel were all part of the group that has briefed Biden about the pandemic, the network reported.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is due to meet with the White House coronavirus task force on Monday for the first time since Oct. 20, according to Reuters.