The head of the Trump administration’s efforts to speed up a coronavirus vaccine on Sunday endorsed President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100-days of his administration.
“I think it’s a good idea,” Moncef Slaoui, the scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s never too late.”
“We all need to take our precaution, have our masks, wash our hands, and keep our distance, remain aware that this virus is a killer,” Slaoui said.
“We have a vaccine. There is light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “But we will not all have the vaccine in our arms before May or June. So, we need to be very cautious and vigilant.”
Biden, who frequently emphasized mask-wearing during the presidential campaign, announced Thursday that he’ll ask Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days after his inauguration to help blunt the spread of the virus.
Anthony Fauci, the top government infectious disease expert, said Friday that he’d spoken to Biden about the plan and called it “a good idea.”
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