Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. infectious disease expert, said on Friday that he has accepted President-elect Joe Biden’s offer to be his chief medical adviser. The confirmation came a day after Biden disclosed he has asked Fauci to be his chief medical adviser and part of his administration’s COVID-19 response team.
Fauci has served on the White House coronavirus task force for months, advising the Trump administration on Covid-19 policy and publicly exhorting Americans to follow health guidelines. Before the election, Biden had repeatedly vowed to keep Fauci onboard and listen to his advice if he wins. His campaign used this as a point of contrast with Trump, who has doubted Fauci’s advice and openly flirted with firing him.
Chief medical advisor is not a standard position in most administrations, but Trump gave the same title to former White House physician Ronny Jackson in February 2019. Jackson, who has faced accusations of mishandling drug prescriptions, left the role less than a year later and successfully ran for a U.S. House seat in Texas last month.