Joe Biden got Dr. Anthony Fauci askedsaid Biden, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, to keep his central role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic once Biden takes over the presidency, he said in an interview on CNN yesterday.
“I asked him to stay in exactly the role he had in the last several presidents and I asked him to be a chief physician for me too and be part of the Covid team,” Biden told Jake Tapper .
After taking office, Biden plans to ask all Americans to wear masks for 100 days, he said. The race to spread viral vaccines has intensified significantly. The UK approved a Pfizer vaccine for public use this week and the Food and Drug Administration is expected to consider it for approval this month.
Biden said he would be ready to receive the vaccine publicly if Fauci said it was safe. “What needs to be done is we have to make it clear to the American people that the vaccine is safe,” said the president-elect.
Kamala Harris’ team revealed more leadership tips yesterday she announced that she would be winning Tina Flournoy, a former top advisor to President Bill Clinton with decades of political experience, as chief of staff to the elected Vice President. Flournoy will be at the head of a staff whose top assistants are mostly women of color.
Harris’ transition office also announced yesterday that Rohini Kosoglu, who served as Senate chief of staff and played a central role in her presidential campaign, would be the vice president’s domestic affairs adviser and that Nancy McEldowney, a former diplomat and Clinton administration official, would be Harris’ national security advisor.
President Trump will travel to Georgia This weekend for one of his favorite pastimes: a campaign event. He will appear on behalf of Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both of whom are in full campaign mode ahead of next month’s runoff elections.
The President’s visit comes as he continues a public spit with Georgia’s top Republicans about the election results he did not accept. Some prominent G.O.P. Officials fear he could turn the rally into a venue for his latest conspiracy theories and attacks.
Saxby Chambliss, a retired Republican senator from Georgia, said CNN that he couldn’t be sure what Trump would do. “And that’s part of the worry I have,” he said.
Facebook announced this Discard posts that contain debunked claims about Covid-19 vaccines. This is part of the social network’s efforts to more aggressively tackle misinformation.
The company’s previous policy had made it more difficult to circulate vaccine misinformation when it was unrelated to the coronavirus by “downgrading” it in users’ newsfeeds. Facebook has long been more reluctant than some other social media companies to judge misinformation – be it related to health or politics.
However, it began early to create tools that could be used to inform the public about the virus. And there are some international precedents for the new decision to remove false posts: In the past, Facebook cleaned up misinformation about the polio vaccine in Pakistan and the measles vaccine in Samoa.
If 2020 were an unexpectedly tough election year For Democrats in Congress, they have no illusions about what 2022 will bring. As with all mid-term elections after the election of a new president, the races are expected to be tough for the ruling party this year.
So Rep Sean Patrick Maloney cut out his job for him after his Democratic counterparts elected him yesterday to lead the party’s campaign arm until 2022.
Maloney, who represents a New York borough that Trump won in 2016, emerged victorious in a highly competitive race to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Its success has been seen as a boost to the party’s moderates, who raised the alarm after last month’s elections when Republican candidates moved a number of Democratic seats, in part through attacks on the party’s left wing.
Maloney will be responsible for leading fundraisers and recruiting Democratic candidates who are due to run in an election year in which the party will defend a new slim majority in the House of Representatives and in which a new Congress card has just been drawn up by most Republican lawmakers.
At a time of great national processeswhat is the greater sin – secrecy or hypocrisy? Let’s talk secrecy first: The New York Young Republican Club held its 108th annual gala last night, but it wouldn’t say where.
New York’s Covid-19 regulations prohibit face-to-face gatherings of more than 50 people, but a Facebook event page for the gala showed significantly more than the number of planned attendees. Gavin Wax, the club’s 26-year-old president, said the event would comply with New York City regulations but declined to be interviewed by phone or reveal where it was taking place, citing violent concerns about the safety of our guests left attacks. “
Sarah Palin was booked to speak, but she canceled due to concerns about a trip from Alaska amid a growing pandemic. Representative Matt Gaetz, a close ally of Trump, has been selected to replace her.
On the hypocrisy, prominent California Democrats this week came in for criticism for gathering in a way that contradicts their own public health advice. The San Francisco Chronicle reported On Tuesday Mayor London Breed recently attended a private birthday party at the upscale Napa Valley restaurant, French Laundry. The day before, Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, had been to another party in the same restaurant.
These events may not have directly violated state law, but California’s pandemic guidelines strongly “discourage” social gatherings and prohibit them from involving more than three households.
A local investigation team from NBC News revealed this week San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo disregarded health protocols for a family reunion held over the Thanksgiving holiday; He later admitted that there were five households in attendance but said they ate outdoors.