By Dartunorro Clark – NBC News
Alex Azar resigned as Secretary of Health, due to the violent riots on Capitol Hill encouraged by President Donald Trump, as noted in a letter obtained by NBC News, Telemundo’s sister network.
Azar pointed out that Your resignation will be effective on January 20, the same day he would step down once President-elect Joe Biden takes office. The letter is dated January 12, almost a week after the riots.
The assault on the Capitol – which left five people dead and several wounded – and the slow response of the president to condemn it, threaten to “cloud” the achievements of the Administration in the last four years, according to Azar. In particular, Operation Warp Speed, which led to the creation of two vaccines to combat the raging coronavirus pandemic.
“The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and to the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United States brought to the world for the first time, “he said.
“I implore you to continue to unequivocally condemn any form of violence, to demand that no one attempt to disrupt the inauguration activities in Washington, or anywhere else, and to continue to unreservedly support the peaceful and orderly transition of power on 20 May. January 2021, “he added.
“With the rising pandemic, the continuing need to deliver vaccines and medicines to the American people, and the imperative to ensure a smooth transition to the Biden Administration, I have determined that it is in the best interest of the people we serve to remain as Secretary until the end of the term. mandate, “he added.
The Trump Administration has been heavily criticized for its vaccine distribution strategy. As of Thursday morning, of the more than 30 million doses distributed throughout the country, they have been administered just over 11 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).
The disease, which has closed businesses across the country and caused the economy to plummet, more than 390,000 people have been killed since the end of February.
Trump administration officials finally began giving Biden’s team access to critical data about the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
Azar joins several other Cabinet officials who have already resigned, including Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, and Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. They both cited Trump’s role in inciting the rioters on Capitol Hill.