BIDEN announces high powered taskforce to fight COVID-19

Kamala Harris was one of Joe Biden's biggest opponents on the debate stage.  Now she's his vice-presidential pick - ABC News

US President-elect Joe Biden has announced a 12-member coronavirus task force to more effectively tackle the coronavirus pandemic that has infected millions of the country’s citizens and devasted the US economy. In his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware, Mr Biden said he will spare no effort to turn around this pandemic. The panel will convert his coronavirus-fighting plan into an action blueprint that will be built on the bedrock of science. The task force will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor of public health at Yale University. It will also include Ezekiel Emanuel, a former Obama administration health adviser. Mr Biden has promised a much more muscular response to the pandemic than President Donald Trump has made. The virus has infected 9.8 million people in the US and killed more than 2 lakh 37 thousand people as daily case counts continue to rise. Meanwhile, he and Vice President-elect Kamla Harris continue to receive congratulatory messages on their bitterly contested election. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he looks forward to working with Biden and Harris on issues ranging from climate change to trade and security. German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Biden and Harris. She tweeted that she will look forward to future cooperation with President Biden. French President Emmanuel Macron also congratulated Biden for his win saying they have many challenges to face. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, saying he is really looking forward to working with them. pic courtesy: ABC

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