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Sat Nov 21, 2020, 09:06 PM

Joe Biden's COVID Plan Is Taking Shape and Researchers Approve.

This is a news item in the current issue of the major scientific journal Nature: Joe Biden’s COVID plan is taking shape — and researchers approve The US president-elect has already announced a coronavirus advisory board and an updated strategy that researchers say follows the science. (Nidhi Subbaraman, Nature 587, 339-340 (2020))

It's probably open sourced, but here's excerpts:

Just two days after being declared victors in the US election, future president Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris announced a COVID-19 advisory board stacked with infectious-disease researchers and former public-health advisers who will help them to craft a pandemic plan as they transition into office.

The speed of the announcement, alongside an updated COVID-19 plan, has scientists and doctors hopeful that the United States can correct its course in its handling of the outbreak: so far, 10 million Americans have been infected and more than 240,000 have died. And the numbers continue to rise.

“I really think they put together an outstanding and stellar team to advise the new administration on what is clearly one of their highest priorities,” says Helene Gayle, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Community Trust and co-chair of a US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee that recommended a coronavirus vaccine allocation plan for the country.

Eric Goosby, an infectious-diseases researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who led past White House AIDS responses, and Vivek Murthy, a doctor who served as US surgeon general between 2014 and 2017, are among the 13 advisory board members who will brief the future leaders. Observers say the board members are an experienced and impressive team...

...The immediate naming of the board is a stark contrast to President Donald Trump’s efforts to contain the pandemic. He has been criticized for ignoring the advice of public-health specialists and downplaying the dangers of the coronavirus, worsening the pandemic’s toll on the country.

But if Biden and Harris follow the science, communicate honestly and openly and have an organized response, it would be “three big resets” from Trump’s administration, says Tom Frieden, who led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as director from 2009 to 2017...

...Among the Biden–Harris team’s top priorities is a strong COVID testing and contact-tracing strategy...

I, and I'm sure that most Americans - the clear majority in fact, to have competent leadership after four years of buffoonery that no one would have ever even imagined 8 years ago.

I feel like I'm about to awaken from a horrible nightmare.

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