Dr. Anthony Fauci says he “absolutely” accepts President-elect Joe Biden’s offer to serve as the country’s chief medical officer.
“Oh, absolutely, I said yes right away,” said the nation’s leading infectious disease expert on Friday morning on the Today show.
Biden said Thursday that he had asked Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, to maintain his role in advising the president on national health emergencies – a job he did under six presidents.
But he also urged Fauci, a member of the White House’s COVID-19 task force, to take a bigger position.
“I’ve asked him to stay in exactly the role he’s had in the last several presidents and I’ve asked him to be a chief medical officer for me as well and be part of the COVID team,” Biden told CNN.
President Trump has teamed up with Fauci and once called the 79-year-old health tsar a “catastrophe”.