Indian-American Vivek Murthy named co-chair of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force

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Washington: Indian-American Vivek Murthy was named Monday one of the three co-chairs of the COVID-19 advisory board that will guide President-elect Joe Biden on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 236,000 lives in the United States (US). Dr Vivek Murthy is a former US Surgeon General.        The US is currently the world’s worst-hit nation from the pandemic.

“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face. I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said in a media release.

New cases are rising in at least 40 states of the US, with more than 9.3 million total infections and more than 236,000 deaths, the media release said.

“The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations,” he added.

Dr Beth Cameron and Dr Rebecca Katz are serving as advisors to the Transition on COVID-19 and will work closely with the advisory board, the Biden-Harris transition team said.

Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the US from 2014-2017. Dr Nunez-Smith is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management at Yale University and the Associate Dean for Health Equity Research at the Yale School of Medicine.

President-elect Biden has pledged to bring leadership to the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to claim thousands of lives each week, by curbing the spread of the disease, providing free treatment to those in need, and elevating the voices of scientists and public health experts, it said.