Two Indian Americans in Biden’s Covid-19 task force

Vastavam Web: Indian-American physician Dr Vivek Murthy on Monday was named one of the three co-chairs of the COVID-19 task-force that will guide President-elect Joe Biden on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 236,000 lives in the country.

Dr Murthy, 43, a former US Surgeon General, along with two other co-chairs — Dr David Kessler and Dr Marcella Nunez-Smith — would lead a team of leading public health experts who will advise Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the deadly virus. The US is currently the world’s worst-hit nation from the pandemic.

“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” Biden said.

The quaint little village of Perumapalayam near here is excited about Indian American, Dr Celine Gounder making it to the US president elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board since she has her roots in it and for her continuing support to its residents. Celine’s father Raj Natarajan Gounder was a native of the village near Perumapalayam near Modakurichi in this western district in Tamil Nadu and had migrated to the US in the 1960s.

Her relatives and people of Perumapalayam are ecstatic that a ‘daughter of the son of soil’ has made them proud by her sheer hard work. The announcement of Celine being picked to the advisory board came days after Thulasendrapuram in Tiruvarur district celebrated the victory of Kamala Harris, who is set to be the first woman vice-president of the United States.