Dr Fauci says US would 'of course' be better off if Trump let him and other experts start work with Biden's team

DR. FAUCI thinks "it would be better" if he could start working with president-elect Joe Biden's transition team.

The nation's top infectious disease expert said working with the incoming president's transition team would be the best for the public health of Americans.


"Of course it would be better if we could start working with them," Fauci said on CNN.

"As you know, I've been through multiple transitions now, having served six presidents for 36 years," said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

"And it's very clear that the transition process that we go through," he added, "is really important in a smooth handing over of the information as well as it's almost like passing the baton in a race."

"You don't want to stop and then give it to somebody, you want to essentially keep going," he ended.


Fauci's comments underscore how important it is to have a smooth transition between presidential administrations, and comes as Biden's transition team is repeatedly blocked by the Trump administration.

Officials have said a smooth transition between presidents is imperative for government functions to operate normally. A letter was also signed by over 150 former national security experts warning delaying the transition poses serious security risks.

The presidential transition process has not officially begun because of Trump's refusal to accept the results of the election.

In the meantime, Biden's coronavirus team has been reaching out to states hoping to have a medical community ready the start on day one.

However, the transition team does not have access to the Trump Administration's Covid-19 data and vaccine distribution plans.

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