“Andy Slavitt, the former acting chief of Medicare and Medicaid under the Obama administration, is expected to join President-elect Joe Biden’s Covid-19 team in a senior advisory role, CNN has learned.”
“Slavitt’s role is expected to be temporary, sources said, as the incoming Biden administration is days away from inheriting the daunting task of getting the spread of Covid under control and quickly vaccinating the country. The expected hire underscores the all-hands-on-deck approach the Biden team appears to be taking when it comes to the coronavirus, as it looks to meet its goal of administering 100 million vaccine shots during Biden’s first 100 days in office.”
Slavitt declined to comment.
“Notably, prior to being named acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Slavitt had been brought on to help the Obama administration fix the botched rollout of its healthcare.gov website. That effort to fix the Obamacare enrollment website was spearheaded by Jeff Zients, who is now Biden’s Covid coordinator…”
“In an interview, Zients said the decision to add Slavitt to the team was a clear sign that the incoming administration was ‘pulling out all the stops’ to get Covid under control.”
“‘He’s totally battle-tested and I think he’ll be invaluable in helping to deliver a clear and consistent message to the American people,’ Zients said. ‘The reason we need to pull out all the stops is that this program is really not on track. What we’re inheriting from the Trump administration is much worse than what we could have imagined. There’s no existing infrastructure on vaccine distribution, so we’ll have to start from Day One…’”
“Working hand-in-hand with Zients, Slavitt is expected to focus in part on messaging around Covid and vaccine distribution — a challenge that incoming Biden officials have described as unprecedented — including trying to build up public trust about the vaccine. A source familiar added that Slavitt will also engage medical providers, pharmacies and other major players as the new Biden administration works to vaccinate the American population as quickly as possible…” Read the full article here.
Source: Ex-Obama official who helped fix botched healthcare.gov rollout to join Biden’s Covid-19 team – By MJ Lee and Jessica Dean, January 15, 2021. CNN.