Dr. Anthony Fauci accepted President-elect Joe Biden’s offer for him to be the chief medical adviser.
“I said yes right on the spot,” Dr. Fauci told NBC’s Today Show.
Dr. Fauci advised that we may have to continue wearing a face mask beyond the 100 days that the president-elect suggested. Dr. Fauci said that Biden’s idea to wear face mask was a good idea.
“He’s saying hey, folks, trust me, everybody, for 100 days. Now it might be after that we’re still going to need it but he just wants everybody for a commitment for 100 days. I told him I thought it was a good idea,” Dr. Fauci declared.
In an interview with Newsweek, Dr. Fauci warned that we are in for a cruel winter if people decide to travel for the holidays
“I think January is going to be terrible because you’re going to have the Thanksgiving surge super-imposed upon the Christmas surge. So it’s entirely conceivable that January could be the worst,” Dr. Fauci said to Newsweek.
Dr. Fauci praised former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama for agreeing to take the vaccine in public to encourage others to.
“I think as many people who the public can relate to [should take the vaccine],” he said.
President-elect Biden suggested that Fauci stays at his current job while working as chief medical adviser.
“I asked him to stay on the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be chief medical adviser for me as well, and part of the COVID team,” Biden told CNN.
“We’re in a very precarious situation right now. There certainly is light at the end of the tunnel with a vaccine but we’re not there yet. So we really have to intensify our public health measures to try and blunt this trajectory, which is really significant,” Dr. Fauci said.