Biden to spotlight CDC officials shunned by Trump
[ Editor’s Note: The Biden team has not been dragging its feet on announcing the new administration’s Covid strategy. While the team has been blocked from official contact with the current Trump administration, it has used the time to brainstorm not only what they plan to do, but how to explain it to the American people.
I do not have a direct source on the team, but I envision them paying major attention on how best to explain their strategy to a Covid weary population, not to mention all those who will be swept up in the winter surge.
If I were in Biden’s shoes, I would want to make sure the difference between his Covid actions and Trump’s would be like ‘night and day’, to the point where even Republican denialists will see and eventually get on board.
Trump has already spent his disruption plans by refusing to even initiate Covid transition meetings with the Biden team, due to feeling that would undermine his plan to create sympathy that the election was stolen from him.
There is nothing Biden can do to make the Trumpers show remorse, but he can put the Republicans in Congress and the Republican governors in the hot seat.
He can force them to choose with sticking to the failed herd immunity Trump Whitehouse plan, or risk their having to explain why they were missing in action in helping to beat the virus with a Biden plan the total opposite of what the Repubs did.
The Repubs, by nature, will not want to admit such, knowing their quotes would be used against them in 2022. But they have a downside with sticking with the Trump sinking ship.
If the ex-president is in the middle of fighting criminal charges in the run up to the midterm elections, and Biden has a good Covid response under his belt, Trump’s plans to play the greatest president in history cheated out of office will be an uphill battle. Having Trump under multiple indictments could help moderate Republicans distance themselves from him… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … November 23, 2020
Nancy Messonnier, who enraged the president with her public warning of “severe” Covid-19 consequences, is slated to reemerge as a key adviser.
…“You need the right people messaging,” said Vin Gupta, a professor at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation who served as an adviser to the Biden team. “None of this is hard conceptually — it’s about how you say it, and it’s about believability and authenticity.”
…“People like Anne Schuchat and Nancy Messonnier, I really hope are elevated in the discussion moving forward and empowered to communicate with the public,” said Celine Gounder, who sits on Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board.
…“There’s a lot of focus on how much the career people at CDC have been completely undermined and diminished,” the person close to Biden said. “Our job is not just their empowerment, but their integration in the development of policy and implementation of policy.”
…“I think that if we lead with science and scientists, putting them front and center to talk to the public directly so people can hear scientific information from the source, if we get people the information they need through clear evidence-based guidance, we will ultimately get good results,” Vivek Murthy, the co-chair of Biden’s Covid-19 advisory board, told reporters in a briefing earlier this week.eir integration in the development of policy and implementation of policy.”
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