Biden sets up COVID-19 Task Force

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PRESIDENT-ELECT Joe Biden will convene a Coronavirus Task Force today to examine the first problem confronting him when he takes office in January.

  Biden, who is due to meet with an Advisory Board co-chaired by former Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, David Kessler and Yale University Associate Professor, Marcella Nunez-Smith will examine how best to tame a pandemic that has killed more than 237,000 Americans.

  The Democratic former vice president and current president -elect will give remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, about his plans for tackling COVID-19 and rebuilding the economy.

  “Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a statement on today.

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  With Trump declining to concede and some of his closest allies encouraging him to exhaust every avenue for hanging onto power, the  Biden-appointed scientists and experts will liaise with local and state officials on the pandemic response.

  Report says, they will consider how to safely reopen schools, businesses and tackle racial disparities.

  The Biden panel includes Rick Bright, a whistle blower who says he was removed from his Trump administration post for raising concerns about coronavirus preparedness, and Luciana Borio, who specialises in complex public health emergencies.

  It will be recalled that Trump has frequently clashed with top health officials over the pandemic. Vice President Mike Pence is due to meet with the White House Coronavirus Task Force today for the first time since October 20, 2020.

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  Biden cleared the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House on Saturday, four days after the November 3 election. He beat Trump by more than 4 million votes nationwide, making Trump the first president since 1992 to lose re-election.

  However, Trump is yet to concede defeat and has launched an array of lawsuits to press claims of election fraud for which he has so far produced no evidence, while state officials say, they are not aware of any significant irregularities.

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