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first_imgDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that the Trump administration should start working with President-elect Joe Biden’s team on the coronavirus response, as the White House has so far declined to begin the official transition of power.“It’s almost like passing a baton in a race,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “You don’t want to stop, and then give it to somebody, you want to just essentially keep going.”Fauci, who has served six presidents over 36 years, said that the transition period is crucial. Working with the incoming Biden-Harris administration would make the process run more smoothly, he said.- Advertisement – Dr. Anthony Fauci Testifies Before Senate On Federal Response To PandemicAlex Edelman | Getty Images When asked if public health officials would benefit from working with the Biden transition team, Fauci said, “Of course it would be better if we can start working with them.”Fauci also told CNN that Trump has not attended a meeting of the White House coronavirus taskforce in months. CNBC has reached out to the White House for comment. The Biden-Harris campaign has released a step-by-step plan for combatting Covid-19, and announced a Covid-19 advisory board co-chaired by former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler, former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, the associate dean for health equity research at the Yale School of Medicine, on Monday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Murthy said that having access to plans and data could help the team further their coronavirus efforts, in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”“Those dialogues are critical,” Murthy said. “There, you want to get them started as soon as possible.”President Trump acknowledged President-elect Biden won the election in a Twitter post Sunday, but is still refusing to concede after falsely claiming again that the race was “rigged.” The Trump administration still has not formally accepted Biden’s victory, which is delaying the president-elect’s access to key government resources and intelligence information. The head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, has to sign paperwork for the transition process to get under way. The GSA did not return CNBC’s request for comment, and a Biden transition official told NBC News that the president-elect’s team has not received any updates after Trump’s Twitter post Sunday morning. Coronavirus outbreaks are surging across the U.S. as the nation enters what health experts forecast will be the worst period of the pandemic because viral transmission typically peaks during the winter months. The U.S. reported a daily average of more than 145,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, a 33% increase over the week prior, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 245,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus since the pandemic began, and more than 10.9 million people have been infected. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Odion Ighalo is set to link up with his new Manchester United teammates for the first time this weekend as he joins training ahead of Monday’s trip to Chelsea. Ighalo was brought in as a loan signing from Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of last month’s transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer frantically searched for attacking reinforcements, with Marcus Rashford out injured. The former Watford man flew in from China but was left out of the squad for United’s midseason training camp in Spain because of fears he may have been unable to re-enter the UK afterwards if travel restrictions tightened around the Coronavirus outbreak. Instead, he has been working with a personal trainer at the National Taekwondo Centre in Manchester, but will train with Solskjaer’s squad at Carrington on Saturday ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge on Monday night. There has been no suggestion that Ighalo has contracted Coronavirus, but he has been kept away from United’s training ground as a precaution.Tags: CarringtonChelseaManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolkjaerShenghai Shenhualast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If you’re the New York Yankees, desperate times call for desperate measures.That might seem a simplistic justification for the seven years and $155 million they reportedly invested in Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka — outbidding the Dodgers, among others, in the process — but for disappointed Dodgers fans it might help sooth their frustration.Make no mistake, the Dodgers wanted Tanaka badly. And they had more than enough resources to team him with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to give them the most dominant pitching staff in baseball.It was a tantalizing possibility to be sure. Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, is a 25-year-old right-hander hailed as the best pitching prospect to come out of Japan. And that is saying something considering how good Yu Darvish has been with the Texas Rangers. With the Dodgers, he would have been slotted behind Kershaw and Greinke to head an almost embarrassingly strong rotation. Put it this way, Tanaka would have eliminated any need to pitch Kershaw and Greinke on three days’ rest in the playoffs last season.With the Dodgers already sitting inches from the World Series, Tanaka might have nudged them across the finish line. That is why their interest in him was so real, and why they were among the finalists hoping to secure an agreement with him before Friday’s deadline.But there is a difference between wanting something and absolutely needing it. And while Tanaka would have been a luxury for the Dodgers, he’s a necessity for the Yankees, who have fallen to the middle of the pack in the American League and are still smarting over losing All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners.The Yankees did add Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, but they don’t make up for losing the best second baseman in baseball and neither addressed the Yankees’ deteriorating pitching staff.With the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and possibly Baltimore Orioles already superior teams to the Yankees in the A.L. East — not to mention the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers across the rest of the A.L. — the Bronx Bombers are desperate to close the gap.center_img Which explains their thought process in making Tanaka the fifth-highest paid pitcher of all time despite never throwing a single pitch in the major leagues.The Dodgers wanted Tanaka.The Yankees had to have him.So Tanaka ends up in New York, where he might not nudge the Yankees even with the rest of the American League, but he’ll undoubtedly stabilize some of the angst in losing Cano, the embarrassment of the Alex Rodriguez circus and a mediocre pitching staff.And let’s not forget the Yankees also bid farewell to Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of baseball.No matter how good Tanaka was in Japan, it’s still risky business committing that many years and that much money to someone who hasn’t played in the big leagues.Chances are he’ll be fine. Darvish smoothly made the transition to the big leagues and, by all accounts, Tanaka is a better prospect.But still.As for the Dodgers, they take solace in knowing it was their decision not to match or exceed the Yankees’ offer. This wasn’t an issue of economic means, but of choice.That’s an important distinction.The Dodgers are every bit as financially powerful as the Yankees.They just aren’t as [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twitterlast_img read more