Warp Speed head Slaoui to stay on temporarily during Biden administration

Moncef Slaoui, PhD, the head of Operation Warp Speed, will continue to serve as a consultant to the program for four to six weeks after President-elect Joe Biden takes office, Politico reported Jan. 6. 

Dr. Slaoui, chief scientific adviser of the government's initiative to speed COVID-19 vaccine and drug development, previously announced plans to step down early this year. But the Biden team asked him to remain as a consultant and he accepted, he told Politico

A Biden transition official told Politico the incoming administration decided to keep Dr. Slaoui as a temporary consultant to "ensure continuity of the work that's already been done and ensure a smooth process." 

The official also told Politico that Gen. Gustave Perna, Warp Speed's chief operating officer, will remain in his position during the Biden administration. 

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