Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden announced in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to remain in his current role under a Biden administration.
Fauci has held the role of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since the Reagan administration.
However, Biden said he wants Fauci to take on other responsibilities. “I asked him to stay on the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the Covid team,” Biden declared.
“We have to make it clear to the American people that the vaccine is safe… when that is determined… and #2, you have to make sure, you don’t have to close down the economy like a lot of folks are talking about,” he claimed.
Biden also announced he wants a mask mandate for the first 100 days after his inauguration, adding that he and Kamala Harris have set the example by wearing masks.
“Where the federal government has authority, I’m going to issue a standing order that in federal buildings you have to be masked, and you must be masked in buses and airplanes,” he said.
“I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Not forever, just for 100 days,” Biden declared.
News: @JoeBiden tells me he spoke with Dr. Fauci this afternoon, asked Fauci to stay on in his position at NIAID, and also to serve as a chief medical adviser for him.
Full interview w Biden/Harris at 9 pm ET
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 3, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden tells CNN’s Jake Tapper he will ask all Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days after he takes office: “I think we’ll see a significant reduction … to drive down the numbers considerably” https://t.co/ympLWgxWA3 pic.twitter.com/N35a5kv1LN
— CNN (@CNN) December 3, 2020