After months of the Trump administration kneecapping their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are ready for President-elect Joe Biden, according to CNN.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for is for them to send their landing team here and set up shop,” an official told CNN on Tuesday, also responding with a “yes!” when they were asked if CDC leadership was feeling more enthusiastic lately.
Agency staffers expect there to be a “rebuilding of the agency” with the new administration, according to the official.
Biden has highlighted COVID-19 as a top priority for his administration amid President Donald Trump’s disastrous handling of the pandemic, including repeated efforts to falsely play down the crisis and sow doubt on government health officials’ science-based evaluations of the virus.
“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 as he was announcing his COVID-19 advisory panel a little over two weeks ago.