Dr Vivek Murthy who originally hails from Karnataka will co-chair the coronavirus task force with David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner and Yale university professor Marcella Nunez-Smith as said by deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield.
Murthy was the first surgeon general of Indian descent who was appointed as 19th surgeon general during Barack Obama presidency at the very young age of 37, where he served as US top doctor for four years from 2014-17 until Donald Trump dismissed him from his post.
Joe Biden in his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night said “On Monday I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as transition advisors to help take the Biden-Harris covid plan and convert into action blueprint that starts on January 20th,2021. That plan will be built on a bedrock of science. It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern.”
As Biden promised to tackle the epidemic as a top priority and criticized the Trump for poor handling of situation during his presidential campaign. The US is currently the worst affected nation by the coronavirus in the world with nearly a million COVID-19 cases and over 240,000 deaths.
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— Yvonne (@yldbooysen) November 9, 2020
Being a part of the Democratic National Convention, Murthy emerged as one of the top advisors of Biden on public health and coronavirus issues during the campaign.
In May, Joe Biden campaign appointed Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Vivek Murthy as co-chair to the healthcare task force.