White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Deborah Birx speaks as President Donald Trump listens during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on April 21, 2020 in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON – The White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she hopes to brief the administration of President-elect Joe Biden on America's response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Monday.
"I think the only thing we can tell the Biden administration in this discussion is to understand how they want to see the data," Birx said during a Sunday interview on CBS "Face the Nation".
The Biden transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
Birx stated that over the past nine months the federal government has been compiling detailed data that could be used to track and measure the virus, a key component in shaping the response effort. Birx, referring to statewide data, also raised concerns about a possible spike in coronavirus cases in the United States due to Thanksgiving.
"On Memorial Day weekend we had less than 25,000 a day, we only had 30,000 inpatients in the hospital, and we had far fewer mortality rates, well under a thousand," Birx said.
"We're entering this post-Thanksgiving wave with three, four and ten times as many diseases across the country. That's what worries us most," said Birx, referring to her colleague, White House coronavirus advisor, Dr . Anthony Fauci.
"We know people may have made mistakes during the Thanksgiving period," Birx said, adding, "when you're young and you've gathered you need to be tested about five to ten days later."
"And if you are over 65 or have comorbidities and have gathered on Thanksgiving and develop symptoms, you need to be tested right away," Birx said.
Travelers pass O & # 39; Hare International Airport before Thanksgiving Day during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Chicago, Illinois on November 25, 2020.
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Last week, the secretary for health and human services, Alex Azar, the official who oversaw transition planning, told the Biden team about Operation Warp Speed, the program tasked with developing the coronavirus vaccine.
"We get all the materials prepared for the transition meeting immediately," said Azar on Tuesday.
"We will ensure coordinated briefings with them to ensure they get all the information they think is necessary," said Azar, adding that "the planning and execution of the transition will be professional, collaborative and collaborative."
The move to inform Biden's future administration of the looming health crisis ends weeks of delays in President Donald Trump's formal handover of power after the US presidential election.
And with less than 12 weeks remaining in the Trump administration, the president did not give the election to Biden.
Trump has also been criticized for not doing enough to control the spread of the deadly disease.
Since its inception, the coronavirus has claimed at least 1.44 million lives and infected more than 61.64 million people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. With more than 13 million coronavirus cases, the US is facing the most severe outbreak relative to the total. More than 264,000 people in the United States have died from the disease.
Earlier this month, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech filed with the Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval for their Covid-19 vaccine. The FDA process is expected to take a few weeks, and an advisory committee meeting to review the vaccine is planned for early December.
Pfizer announced on July 22 that the US had agreed to purchase 100 million doses of its vaccine for up to $ 1.95 billion. The agreement, which is part of Operation Warp Speed, allows the US to purchase an additional 500 million doses of vaccine.