United States President-elect Joe Biden on Friday announced the choice of former director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. David Kessler, to succeed Dr. Moncef Slaoui as the head of the coronavirus vaccination campaign. Dr Slaoui recently announced that he would step down as Senior Adviser to Operation Warp Speed on February 12th.
Dr Kessler co-chaired Biden’s Coronavirus Pandemic Task Force, and led the FDA between 1990 and 1997 under Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He will have a crucial role in the next White House tenant’s plan to accelerate the vaccination campaign to meet the set goal of vaccinating 100 million Americans during the first 100 days of his tenure.
Only 11 million Americans have been vaccinated as of Thursday, according to figures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).