Biden overhauls Operation Warp Speed and names new chief scientific adviser

President-elect Joe Biden is tapping a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner to help revamp President Trump’s coronavirus-focused Operation Warp Speed.

Dr. David Kessler, who co-chaired Biden’s shadow coronavirus taskforce during transition and has been advising the incoming president’s inaugural committee on public health measures, was named chief scientific adviser for the Trump administration’s public–private partnership formed to work on the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Kessler’s appointment coincides with Biden unveiling his vaccine rollout plan Friday. Kessler was an FDA commissioner during both former President Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush’s administrations. Biden also announced Friday former President Barack Obama’s acting administrator
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