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Biden transition team announces coronavirus advisers, including whistleblower Rick Bright

November 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: Dr. Richard Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing to discuss protecting scientific integrity in response to the coronavirus outbreak on May 14, 2020 in Washington DC. Bright filed a whistleblower complaint after he was removed from his post as director of BARDA, the U.S. agency helping develop a vaccine against coronavirus. He alleges he was removed for not wanting to promote the wide use of the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the coronavirus. (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced the group of public health experts that will make up his coronavirus advisory board, which includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleged that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored and ultimately led to his removal.

(CNN)President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced the group of public health experts that will make up his coronavirus advisory board, which includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleged that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored and ultimately led to his removal.

Revealing the members of the pandemic task force is the transition's first major announcement, highlighting how important the President-elect finds combating the deadly virus which has taken more than 230,000 lives in the United States.

Both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will receive a briefing from the transition coronavirus advisory board Monday afternoon, per a Sunday evening release from the transition team.

Since the outset of the pandemic, Biden pledged repeatedly on the campaign trail that he would listen to the advice from scientists and public health experts about the pandemic if elected president and slammed President Donald Trump's handling of the virus.

In his first remarks as the President-elect, he said he believes the mandate given to the American people includes marshaling "the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time. " The first such battle Biden cited was that to control the virus.

The coronavirus upended the presidential election and provided a stark divide in the race, with Biden pledging to take the pandemic seriously, while Trump diminished the importance of the virus and often complained that it was taking up too much focus on the campaign trail -- even after he contracted it himself.

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