President-elect Biden unveils coronavirus advisory board

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a team of health experts to advise the new administration’s fight against the coronavirus.

It comes as COVID-19 cases have been surging in at least 40 states with record numbers of cases over the weekend in some parts of the country.

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“There’s a need for bold action to fight this pandemic,” said Biden. “We’re still facing a very dark winter.”

The team includes Rick Bright, a whistleblower from the Trump administration who alleges that his early warnings about the pandemic were ignored before he resigned.

It also includes a former U.S. Surgeon General and a former FDA Commissioner among other health experts.

“This group will advise on detailed plans, built on the bedrock of science,” said Biden.

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Biden said Monday his plan includes investing more money in producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and to expand testing.

Biden also stressed the importance of everyone wearing a mask.

Congressional leaders meanwhile remain at odds over coming up with another round of coronavirus relief aid.

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Democrats are pushing for a large-scale package while Republicans want a more narrow proposal.

“I think we’ll have a stronger recovery if we can just get at least some more fiscal support when it’s appropriate, you know, when it’s appropriate and in the size Congress thinks it’s appropriate,” said Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.