Vastavam web: Indian-American physician Dr Vivek Murthy is expected to co-chair the coronavirus task force which President-elect Joe Biden is going to announce on Monday. Murthy, 43, who originally hails from Karnataka, was appointed America’s 19th Surgeon General by then president Barack Obama in 2014. Born in the UK, he was the youngest ever to hold the office at the age of 37. He was later asked to step down by the Trump administration.
Biden, in his victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday night, said: “On Monday, I will name a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to help take the Biden-Harris COVID plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on January 20th, 2021.” In his victory speech, Biden said that the plan will be built on a bedrock of science.
It will be constructed out of compassion, empathy and concern. I will spare no effort or commitment to turn this pandemic around, he said. During the campaign period, Murthy emerged as one of the top advisors of Biden on public health and coronavirus issues. Many believe that he might end up being the Health Secretary in the Biden administration. In May, the Biden Campaign appointed congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Murthy as co-chairs to the Healthcare Task Force. He’s authentic. He’s real. And he says what he thinks and that’s something I really love about him He says what’s on his mind. He’s honest and true,” he said. Biden, he said, is a man who generally meets with his values and those values are so reliably centred around generosity and community.
This is a moment for our country when leadership matters, when values matter. When we go to the voting booth, as we think about how to build support for the candidate that will best reflect our vision and our hopes and our dreams. Let’s lead with our values. And let’s vote for the person who understands us, Murthy said, firmly backing Biden.