White House COVID-19 Response Team

Last updated
COVID-19 Response Team
US-WhiteHouse-Logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed20 January 2021 (2021-01-20)
Preceding agencies
Type White House Office
Jurisdiction United States
Agency executives
Parent agency Executive Office of the President of the United States
Website whitehouse.gov

The White House COVID-19 Response Team was established during the presidency of Joe Biden to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, replacing President Trump's White House Coronavirus Task Force and Joe Biden's transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.

Contents

Members

MemberCurrentAppointment
Joe Biden presidential portrait.jpg Joe Biden President of the United States January 20, 2021
Kamala Harris Vice Presidential Portrait.jpg Kamala Harris Vice President of the United States January 20, 2021
Jeffrey Zients official portrait.jpg Jeffrey Zients [1] Assistant to the President
Counselor to the President
Coordinator of the COVID-19 response
January 20, 2021
Natalie QuillianDeputy Covid-19 Response CoordinatorJanuary 20, 2021
DavidAaronKesslerApr2009.jpg David A. Kessler Chief Science Officer of COVID Response
Former Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Former Co-chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board
Former Head of Operation Warp Speed
January 20, 2021
Anthony Fauci 2020.jpg Dr. Anthony Fauci Chief Medical Advisor to the President and Chief Medical Adviser for COVID Response
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Former member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force
January 20, 2021
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, USPHS.jpg Vice Admiral
Vivek Murthy
Surgeon General of the United States January 20, 2021
Abbe GluckSpecial CounselJanuary 20, 2021
Eduardo CisnerosDirector of Intergovernmental AffairsJanuary 20, 2021
Ben WakanaDirector of Strategic Communications and EngagementJanuary 20, 2021
Clarke HumphreyDigital DirectorJanuary 20, 2021
Dr. Cyrus ShahparData DirectorJanuary 20, 2021
Bechara-Choucair-2020 750x976.jpg Bechara Choucair Vaccinations CoordinatorJanuary 20, 2021
Carole JohnsonTesting CoordinatorJanuary 20, 2021
Tim ManningSupply CoordinatorJanuary 20, 2021
CDC Director Walensky.jpg Rochelle Walensky Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention January 20, 2021

Former members

MemberCurrentAppointmentEnd of Tenure
Andy Slavitt official portrait.jpg Andy Slavitt White House Senior AdvisorJanuary 20, 2021June 9, 2021 [2]

Related Research Articles

Joe Biden 46th president of the United States

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is an American politician who is the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.

Ron Klain White House Chief of Staff

Ronald Alan Klain is an American attorney, political consultant, and former lobbyist serving as White House chief of staff under President Joe Biden. A Democrat, he was previously chief of staff to two vice presidents, Al Gore from 1995 to 1999 and Biden from 2009 to 2011. He was also appointed by President Obama as White House Ebola Response Coordinator after the appearance of Ebola virus cases in the United States, serving from 2014 to 2015. Throughout 2020 he worked as a senior advisor to Biden's presidential campaign. Following his victory, Biden announced on November 12 that Klain would serve as White House chief of staff.

Jeffrey Zients American business executive

Jeffrey Dunston Zients is an American business executive and government official serving as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator since 2021, succeeding Deborah Birx.

Andy Slavitt American medical official

Andrew M. Slavitt is an American businessman and healthcare advisor who served as the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from March 2015 to January 2017 and as a temporary Senior Advisor to the COVID-19 Response Coordinator in the Biden administration. A leader of the team that helped to repair the healthcare.gov website after its initial rollout, he was nominated by Barack Obama to run CMS in July 2015. In January 2021, Slavitt accepted a temporary role as Senior Pandemic Advisor to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 pandemic response team. He stepped down from that role in June 2021.

Jen Psaki American political advisor

Jennifer Rene Psaki is an American political advisor serving as the 34th and current White House press secretary. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served in the Obama administration as the White House deputy press secretary (2009); the White House deputy communications director (2009–2011); the spokesperson for the United States Department of State (2013–2015); and the White House communications director (2015–2017). Psaki was a political contributor for CNN from 2017 to 2020.

Vivek Murthy 19th and 21st Surgeon General of the United States

Vivek Hallegere Murthy is an American physician and a vice admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who has served as the 19th and 21st surgeon general of the United States under President Obama and President Biden. Murthy is the first surgeon general of Indian descent, and, during his first term as surgeon general, he was the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service.

2020 United States presidential election 59th quadrennial U.S. presidential election

The 2020 United States presidential election was the 59th quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Democratic ticket of former vice president Joe Biden and the junior U.S. senator from California Kamala Harris defeated the incumbent Republican president Donald Trump and incumbent vice president Mike Pence. The election took place against the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 recession. It was the first election since 1992, and the fifth in the past century, in which the incumbent president failed to win a second term. The election saw the highest voter turnout by percentage since 1900, with each of the two main tickets receiving more than 74 million votes, surpassing Barack Obama's record of 69.5 million votes from 2008. Biden received more than 81 million votes, the most votes ever cast for a candidate in a U.S. presidential election.

Kayleigh McEnany American political commentator and author

Kayleigh McEnany is an American conservative political commentator and author who served as the 33rd White House press secretary for the Trump administration from April 2020 to January 2021. She currently serves as an on-air contributor for Fox News.

COVID-19 pandemic in the United States Ongoing COVID-19 viral pandemic in the United States

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019. Since January 2020, 48,202,463 confirmed cases have been reported with 776,536 deaths, the most of any country, and the nineteenth-highest per capita worldwide. As many infections have gone undetected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that, as of May 2021, there could be a total 120.2 million infections in the United States, or more than a third of the total population. COVID-19 is the deadliest pandemic in U.S. history; it was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020, behind heart disease and cancer. From 2019 to 2020, U.S. life expectancy dropped by 3 years for Hispanic Americans, 2.9 years for African Americans, and 1.2 years for white Americans. These effects have persisted as U.S. deaths due to COVID-19 in 2021 exceeded those in 2020.

U.S. federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic Actions by the U.S. federal government regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

The federal government of the United States initially responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country with various declarations of emergency, some of which led to travel and entry restrictions, and the formation of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. As the pandemic progressed in the U.S. and throughout the rest of the world, the U.S. government began issuing recommendations regarding the response by state and local governments, as well as social distancing measures and workplace hazard controls. State governments play a primary role in adopting policies to address the pandemic. Following the closure of most businesses throughout a number of U.S. states, President Donald Trump announced the mobilization of the National Guard in the most affected areas.

Inauguration of Joe Biden 59th United States presidential inauguration

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States took place on January 20, 2021, marking the start of the four-year term of Joe Biden as president and Kamala Harris as vice president. The 59th presidential inauguration took place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Biden took the presidential oath of office, before which Harris took the vice presidential oath of office.

Cabinet of Joe Biden Members of President Joe Bidens Cabinet

Joe Biden assumed office as President of the United States on January 20, 2021. The President has the authority to nominate members of his Cabinet to the United States Senate for confirmation under the Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution.

Presidency of Joe Biden U.S. presidential administration from 2021 to present

Joe Biden's tenure as the 46th president of the United States began with his inauguration on January 20, 2021. Biden, a Democrat from Delaware who previously served as Vice President under Barack Obama, took office following his victory in the 2020 presidential election over Donald Trump. He was inaugurated alongside Kamala Harris, the first woman, first African American, and first Asian American vice president. Biden entered office amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis, and increased political polarization.

Presidential transition of Joe Biden Transfer of presidential power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden

In the United States, the presidential transition refers to the process by which a president-elect prepares to take over administration of the government, generally with cooperation from the outgoing administration. The transition normally takes place during the roughly 10-week period between the election in the first week of November and the inauguration on January 20. Joe Biden's transition was shortened somewhat because the outgoing Trump administration did not recognize Biden as the "apparent winner" until November 23.

COVID-19 Advisory Board U.S. president-elect Bidens COVID-19 Advisory Board

The COVID-19 Advisory Board was announced in November 2020 by President-elect of the United States Joe Biden as part of his presidential transition. It was co-chaired by physicians David A. Kessler, Marcella Nunez-Smith, and Vivek Murthy and comprises 13 health experts. The board was then succeeded by the White House COVID-19 Response Team upon Biden's presidency.

Timeline of the Joe Biden presidency (2021 Q1) Wikipedia list article

The following is a timeline of the presidency of Joe Biden during the first quarter of 2021, from his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, to March 31, 2021. To navigate between quarters, see timeline of the Joe Biden presidency. For the Q2 timeline see timeline of the Joe Biden presidency.

Foreign policy of the Joe Biden administration Foreign policy of the United States under the Biden presidency

The foreign policy of the Joe Biden administration emphasizes repairing the U.S.'s alliances, which Biden says had been damaged under the Trump administration, and returning the U.S. to a "position of trusted leadership" among world democracies to counter challenges from Russia and China. As president, Biden has sought to strengthen the transatlantic alliance between the U.S. and Europe, and he recommitted the U.S. to the NATO alliance and collective security. Biden returned the U.S. to the Paris Climate Agreement and has taken other steps to combat climate change. His administration emphasizes international cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as U.S. defenses against foreign-sponsored cyberattacks and cyberespionage.

Immigration policy of the Joe Biden administration Overview of the immigration policy of the Biden administration

Joe Biden's immigration policy is primarily based on to reverse many of the immigration policies of the previous Trump administration. During his first day in office, Biden reversed many of Trump's policies on immigration, such as halting the construction of the Mexican border wall, ending Trump's travel ban restricting travel from 14 countries, and an executive order to reaffirm protections for DACA recipients. The Biden administration and Department of Homeland Security, under leadership of Alejandro Mayorkas, dramatically reined in deportation practices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), prioritizing national security and violent crime concerns over petty and nonviolent offenses. However, Biden has also faced criticism for extending Title 42, a Trump administration border restriction that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as restarting the use of expediting families in Central America, which can cause families to be sent back in weeks, compared to years for an average immigration case.

2021 Joe Biden speech to a joint session of Congress President Bidens speech to Congress

Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States, addressed a joint session of the United States Congress on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the eve of his 100th day in office. It was his first public address before a joint session. Similar to a State of the Union Address, it was delivered before the 117th United States Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives in the United States Capitol. Presiding over this joint session was the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by Kamala Harris, the vice president in her capacity as the president of the Senate ― the first time two women presided over an address to Congress, seated on the rostrum behind the president.

The Biden Administration COVID-19 action plan, also called the Path out of the Pandemic, is a substantial increase in the use of vaccination mandates as part of the U.S. federal government response to the COVID-19 pandemic announced by President Joe Biden on September 9, 2021, to be carried out by officials in the Biden Administration. The plan included various announced prospective efforts, as well as the issuance of several United States Executive Orders.

References

  1. "White House Senior Staff". Biden-Harris Transition . Archived from the original on January 20, 2021. Retrieved January 20, 2021 via Wayback Machine.
  2. "Andy Slavitt stepping down from White House Covid-19 response role". Politico. June 9, 2021. Retrieved July 23, 2021.