Choucair will become the head of Biden, responsible for accelerating vaccine delivery and coordinating with state and local officials. Biden and his allies praised the Trump administration’s hurried efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine through the “Action Distorted Speed” initiative, but warned that the pace of shooting has fallen behind the government’s expected goals. Officials had promised to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of this year, but the Centers for Disease Control said on Tuesday that only 2.1 million Americans had received the first shot.
In his speech on Tuesday afternoon, Biden said: “The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is outdated. It is far behind.” “I instructed my team to prepare for more active efforts under more federal participation and leadership. To get things back on track.”
At the same time, the president-elect selected Carol Johnson, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and former senior health advisor at the Obama-Biden White House, as the country’s new Covid-19 test coordinator. As a member of the medical team of the White House Family Policy Committee, Johnson is committed to formulating strategies to deal with Ebola and Zika. He will focus on expanding the scope of testing in schools, nursing homes and other places, as well as targeting high-risk populations who have suffered severely from the pandemic Blow.
Biden’s advisers said Johnson is expected to play a larger role than Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. President Donald Trump appointed him this year as the national Covid-19 test coordinator, and he is often under pressure. Testing shortages.
Biden’s upcoming coronavirus coordinator, Jeff Zients, told POLITICO: “Testing is an area that we believe has been underutilized and under-resourced and is essential for an effective public health response.” We need to increase testing to include asymptomatic drugs and conduct more screenings.”
Johnson will also chair Biden’s new national pandemic testing committee, and the president-elect said it will ensure that tests are distributed fairly quickly. Biden compared the test committee with the War Production Committee of former President Franklin Roosevelt, who rapidly increased the production of military vehicles and supplies during World War II.
In addition, Biden appointed Tim Manning as the new Covid-19 supply coordinator in the United States, who served as the deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the entire eight years of the Obama Biden administration. Manning currently advises the Pacific Disaster Center, which is overseen by the University of Hawaii and teaches at Georgetown University. State officials and public health advocates criticized the Trump administration for the lack of protective equipment, tests and other supplies in this year’s Covid-19 response, and Biden’s advisers said that Manning will have the right to meet future challenges.
“He will determine any potential shortages and possible demand. [Defense Production Act] action. “Zients said.
Biden and his advisers said that the three officials will each work on the top priority of containing the Covid-19 crisis.
“To recover from this epidemic, we must take active actions to manufacture, distribute and vaccinate, test, and personal protective equipment in a fair manner,” the president-elect said in a statement. “These people have deep qualifications, and they will lead by facts, science and integrity to restore public trust in the pandemic response.”
Choucair, Johnson and Manning will report to Zients. Transition officials say these positions are full-time for the White House.
Zients told POLITICO that the incoming Biden administration will seek Congress to support its agenda.
Zients said: “We need enough funds from Congress to increase testing. We need enough funds from Congress to manage vaccines.” “So Congress will need to take action and provide resources so that we can reopen schools, strengthen testing and ensure we manage vaccine.”
Biden also appointed other members of the Covid-19 team, bringing back many familiar faces from the Obama administration and health policy circles.
Sonya Bernstein, who was former HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Deputy Chief of Staff, will serve as the senior policy advisor to the Covid-19 team. Before joining the transition, Bernstein was Assistant Vice President of Health and Hospitals in New York City.
Cyrus Shahpar, who is committed to rapid global response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will serve as the data director of the Covid-19 team. Before joining the transition, Shahpar was the vice president of epidemiological intelligence for Resolve to Save Lives, which was led by Tom Frieden, who served as the director of the CDC in the Obama administration.
Courtney Rowe, who helped lead Obama Biden’s White House strategic communications, was appointed as the Covid-19 team’s strategic communications and engagement director. Rowe most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Communications at National Geographic Partners.
Eduardo Cisneros, Those who served in the Obama administration at the Department of Labor will serve as the head of intergovernmental affairs for the Covid-19 team. Cisneros is currently engaged in citizen participation and government relations at AltaMed Health Services and previously worked at SEIU Healthcare.
Osaremen Okolo, who served as the health advisor to Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Senator Patty Murray, was appointed as the policy advisor to the Covid-19 team. Clarke Humphrey, who was the deputy digital director of Biden-Harris sports, was appointed as the team’s digital director.
Transition officials said that as the response develops, Biden’s Covid-19 team may add additional personnel.
Zients said: “This is a huge execution challenge.” “Perhaps the biggest execution challenge in the history of the federal government.”