Moncef Slaoui, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, on Wednesday filed his resignation as part of a plan to hand over President Biden’s coronavirus team of vaccination efforts.
Slaoui’s resignation, which will come into effect next month, according to CNBC, comes as the elected president has not named a new chief scientific adviser for the federal vaccine deployment program, which Over 9 million Americans received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Representatives for Biden’s transformation team did not immediately return A request for comment from The Hill.
The president-elect, business executive and former Office of Management and Budget (OMB) appointed Jeffrey Zients to oversee his COVID-19 response, while Kaiser Permanente Chief Health Officer Bechara Chouchair is the vaccine coordinator. Of Biden
Slaoui previously indicated that he would quit when two vaccines for COVID-19 hit the market, a milestone last month.He told Politico last week that he had expanded plans to stay. Continue until Biden no longer needs help.
“I have decided to extend the time to make sure that the operation continues as it has been in the transition to the rule,” Slaoui told the news agency.
Biden’s transformation team staff also told Politico that Slaoui will stay temporarily “to ensure the continuity of work and keep the process going.”
Gen. Gustav Perna told the news agency during the same conversation that Biden’s team had not asked him to step down from overseeing the country’s vaccination efforts.
“I’ve applied, I’m here until my mission is done, or I say otherwise,” he said.