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Scientists, researchers and Trump whistleblower among Biden's Covid-19 taskforce
President-elect Joe Biden will convene a coronavirus task force on Monday following his victory in the US presidential election while president Donald Trump pursues several long-shot gambits to hold on to his job.

Mr Biden is due to meet with an advisory board co-chaired by former surgeon general during the Obama administration Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner David Kessler and Yale University associate professor Marcella Nunez-Smith to examine how best to handle a pandemic that has killed more than 237,000 Americans.

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The group of scientists and experts will liaise with local and state officials on the pandemic response, including how to safely reopen schools and firms and tackle racial disparities. The Biden panel includes Rick Bright,whistleblower who says he was removed from his Trump administration post for raising concerns about coronavirus preparedness and Luciana Borio, who specialises in complex public health emergencies

Mr Trump has frequently clashed with top health officials over the pandemic. Vice-president Mike Pence is due to meet with the White House coronavirus task force on Monday for the first time since October 20th.

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Mr Trump, who played golf in Virginia on Saturday and Sunday, has not yet conceded the race, and has launched a number of legal challenges in different states as he seeks to claim victory. While some reports on Sunday suggested that his wife Melania was encouraging him to concede, the first lady appeared to endorse her husband's suggestion that "illegal" votes were behind Mr Biden's victory.

I like the juxtaposition of a President who plays golf two days in a row with a President elect who is starting work despite being denied funding for his transition programme.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Nov 9th, 2020 at 07:27:58 PM EST

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