Biden says Fauci will be his administration's chief medical adviser

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President-elect Joe Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper on Thursday that he has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to be a chief medical adviser and part of his COVID-19 response team when his administration begins.

Biden said the conversation with Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force happened on Thursday afternoon.

"I asked him to stay on the exact same role he's had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the COVID team," Biden told Tapper.

Biden also said will ask Americans to wear masks during his first 100 days after taking office.

"Just 100 days to mask, not forever. 100 days. And I think we'll see a significant reduction," Biden told Tapper during a joint interview with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

According to Biden, places where he has authority, such as federal buildings or in interstate transportation on airplanes and buses, a standing order will be issued where masks must be worn.

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