United States President-Elect Joe Biden would name his own 12-person coronavirus taskforce on Monday. Biden’s campaign said that former US surgeon general Dr Vivek Murthy and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr David Kessler would be co-chairs of the working group, NBC reported.

“Biden is aiming to show action on a key campaign promise, winning the fight against Covid,” Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “We are told he is going to officially launch his transition tomorrow [Monday] and also announce a task force that will be led by three co-chairs including former surgeon general Vivek Murthy.”

Murthy, who served as the US’ top doctor for four years under the Barack Obama administration in 2015, was dismissed from his post by Donald Trump in 2017. He was the 19th surgeon general and the first Indian-American to hold the position.

CNN on Saturday reported that they would be joined by Yale University’s Marcella Nunez-Smith, citing two unidentified officials. The rest of the taskforce, which Biden referred to in his victory speech on Saturday, will be formally confirmed on Monday.

Biden, who has criticised Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, his refusal to wear a mask and his downplaying of the threat from the pandemic,...

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