Joe Biden could enter White House amid COVID ‘apex,’ ex-FDA chief says

The former head of the Food and Drug Administration said President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration will likely coincide with the “apex” of the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The reality is that by the time the president-elect takes office, we’ll probably be at the sort of apex, if you will, of what we’re going through right now,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

When he enters office on Jan. 20, Biden will have to be prepared to “hit the ground running” in order to tackle the spreading virus, Gottlieb said.

“We have one president at a time. They cannot govern,” Gottlieb said. “They are not in a position to govern, but they can start working with the governors to try to formulate policy through the governors, with the governors, and try to create a more national strategy that way.”

He added that he doesn’t anticipate Biden will be able to hold a traditional inauguration ceremony due to COVID-19 concerns.

“The Biden team has shown that they’re willing to forgo the usual trappings of running for office so that they don’t expose people unnecessarily. I suspect they’re going to take a similar approach to how they … handle the inauguration,” Gottlieb said.

“I don’t know what that’s going to look like, but we’re not going to be able to bring together tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people on the lawn in Washington for a typical inauguration.”

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