The president-elect of the United States, JoeBiden, will announce this Monday the twelve members of a committee of experts to combat the coronavirus epidemic, according to sources close to the Democratic candidate cited by the chain CNN.
This commission will be chaired by three co-chairs: former US Public Health Director Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Commissioner David Kessler and Yale University Professor Marcella Nunez-Smith.
These very specific data contrast with the possible appointments of his government, since no names expected for several weeks, according to sources consulted by CNN, which explain that it could even be delayed until it is known for sure if the Republican Party continues to control the Senate.
Sources have assured that Biden has specific names designed for each of the charges, so the announcement by those responsible for the coronavirus commission gives an idea of how a priority this question is for him.
In any case any policy change regarding the coronavirus will have to wait until January 20, the formal date of inauguration of the new president.
Among the most likely measures is the mandatory use of a mask throughout the country, even though Biden himself has recognized that it will be difficult to implement it beyond the zones and facilities under federal control due to the broad powers that the states have.
The priorities are to fight the virus, restore confidence, create a coherent national strategy, make treatments accessible to the entire population, give financial aid to the affected sectors and collaborate with other countries to avoid new infections. For this, for example, it will give daily press conferences with the data of the epidemic.
Meanwhile, Trump’s environment has pointed to the management of the coronavirus as one of the keys to the electoral defeat of the outgoing president. In particular they have referred to the misinformation and contemptuous attitude that would have alienated older voters.
The United States has reported 9,794,988 coronavirus cases and 236,498 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. In the last three days for which data is available, the records of daily infections have been broken consecutively with 132,540 new positives only in the count on Friday.