Biden Announces Members Of COVID-19 Task Force

WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Douglas Emhoff, Vice-President-elect Kamal Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wave to supporters after defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election on Saturday, Nov.7 , 2020 in Wilmington, DE. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Douglas Emhoff, Vice-President-elect Kamal Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wave to supporters after defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. Presidential electi... WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Douglas Emhoff, Vice-President-elect Kamal Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wave to supporters after defeating Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. Presidential election on Saturday, Nov.7 , 2020 in Wilmington, DE. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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November 9, 2020 9:12 a.m.
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President-elect Joe Biden has announced the members of his coronavirus task force, which will put together a blueprint for fighting the pandemic.

The co-chairs are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, former Food Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a Yale University professor and researcher.

Notable among the task force members is Rick Bright, a vaccine expert and former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Bright filed a whistleblower complaint alleging he was reassigned to a lesser job because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug pushed by President Donald Trump as a COVID-19 treatment.

Other members include Luciana Borio, a biodefense specialist; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist and bioethics chair at the National Institutes of Health; Dr. Atul Gawande, a Clinton administration health advisor and surgery expert; Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert who has studied HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; Dr. Julie Morita, a pediatric and immunization specialist; Dr. Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert and epidemiologist; Loyce Pace, a global health specialist; Dr. Robert Rodriguez, an emergency medicine expert who has researched mental health of COVID-19 responders; and Dr. Eric Goosby, an infectious disease expert who has worked in AIDS/HIV.

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