Scoop … Biden takes charge: Will announce COVID task force Monday

Joe Biden plans to name a 12-member task force on Monday to combat and contain the spread of the coronavirus, sources tell Axios” Hans Nichols.

  • Why it matters: By announcing a COVID task force even before unveiling his senior White House staff or a single cabinet appointment, Biden is signaling that addressing the coronavirus will be his immediate priority.
  • The task force will be led by three co-chairs: former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former FDA Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University.

The backdrop: The U.S. set a daily record of 126,400 cases yesterday, and is nearing 10 million cases since the start of the pandemic.

-Biden claims «mandate for action»

Joe Biden — speaking just before 11 p.m. in what he hoped would be a victory speech, but became a brief plea for patience — said Americans have «given us a mandate for action on COVID, the economy, climate change, systemic racism»:

My responsibility as president will be to represent the whole nation. And I want you to know that I’ll work as hard for those who voted against me as those who voted for me. That’s the job.

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