Biden COVID-19 task force says transition delay could be compromising U.S. virus response

By Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Medical experts advising President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic fear that the federal government’s delay in recognizing Biden’s election victory could be compromising the U.S. response to the virus, the experts said on Tuesday.

Reuters November 18, 2020 03:11:31 IST
Biden COVID-19 task force says transition delay could be compromising U.S. virus response

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By Simon Lewis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Medical experts advising President-elect Joe Biden on the COVID-19 pandemic fear that the federal government’s delay in recognizing Biden’s election victory could be compromising the U.S. response to the virus, the experts said on Tuesday.

Dr. David Kessler, co-chair of Biden’s COVID-19 task force, said the experts had not been able to discuss the pandemic with current administration officials or access real-time data, including on hospital bed capacity and stockpiled equipment.

General Services Administrator Emily Murphy has not yet recognized Biden as the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, which is needed to release government funding for the transition.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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