President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have unveiled the group of public health experts that will make up their coronavirus advisory board.
The team is chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who served in the Obama administration and also includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleged that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored.
Bright was the former director of the office involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine. He said his early warnings about critical supplies shortages were met with skepticism from Trump administration officials.
The inclusion of Bright on the board signals Biden's attempt to take the US' Covid-19 strategy in a different direction to President Trump who has regularly downplayed the impact of the virus.
"The task ahead of the Biden-Harris administration is unlike any other in our history," the Bien-Harris transition team tweeted on Sunday.
"Our transition will be led by experts, by science, and with character—ensuring that we will be ready to lead on Day One."
Both Biden and Harris will receive a briefing from the advisory board on Monday afternoon.
The announcement comes as the US nears 10 million reported coronavirus cases.