WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has been briefed on America’s response to the Kovid-19 epidemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Tuesday.
Azar said that Rear Adm. Monday evening. Erica Schwartz, who is officially leading the transition planning effort, briefed the Biden team on Operation War Speed, which aims to deliver the coronovirus vaccine to the public in record time.
“We are immediately meeting them with pre-prepared transition briefing materials,” said Azar.
“We will have a coordinated briefing with them to ensure that they get all the information they need,” Azar said. Transition planning and execution will be professional, cooperative and collaborative.
The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
The move ends weeks of formal handover of power from President Donald Trump to the Biden administration in the wake of the US presidential election. Trump did not contest Biden.
The US is grappling with a dramatic resurgence of coronovirus cases as major holidays approach. So far, the nation has recorded at least 257,991 Kovid-19 related deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The Trump administration has been criticized as not doing enough to control the spread of the deadly disease.
Last week, Pfizer and its partner BioNotech applied for an Emergency Use Authority from the Food and Drug Administration for their Kovid-19 vaccine. The FDA process is expected to take a few weeks, and an advisory committee meeting to review the vaccine has been scheduled for early December.
On July 22, Pfizer announced that the US agreed to purchase 100 million doses of its vaccine for $ 1.95 billion. The agreement, which is part of Operation Tana Speed, allows the US to receive an additional 500 million vaccine doses.