Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Dr Moncef Slaoui tendered his resignation at the behest of Biden’s incoming team as part of a plan that would see him stay in post for a month to help with the transition, according to two people familiar with the situation. He joined CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and Meg Tirrell on Wednesday to discuss his resignation. To access CNBC’s exclusive live video subscribe to CNBC PRO: Operation Warp Speed Chief Advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui has resigned at the request of Biden’s incoming team in the part of a plan that would see him stay in the role for a month to help with the transition, according to two people familiar with the situation. Slaoui’s role in developing vaccines for the government’s unprecedented effort is expected to be diminished after the inauguration next Wednesday, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan was not ad. This would end on February 12. It’s unclear who will take the scientific leadership of the Biden team focused on Covid vaccines or if anyone will be appointed to this role. Two vaccines are already authorized in the United States and three more are in advanced clinical trials. Jeff Zients is Biden’s coordinator of the Covid-19 response, while Bechara Choucair will be the coordinator of the Covid vaccine, focused on accelerating inoculations. Slaoui’s contract includes 30 days notice before termination, and Biden’s team did not ask Slaoui to stay beyond that, one of the people said. Slaoui had said he planned to pull out after two vaccines and two therapies for Covid hit the market, which happened last month with the approval of Moderna’s vaccine. Last week he said he “decided to extend this in order to ensure that the operation continues to unfold as it did during the administration’s transition.” He noted, however, that “we are getting closer to the point where my added value is more limited.” Although the initial deployment of the vaccines was criticized, the speed of their development, overseen by Slaoui, exceeded expectations: two vaccines have been authorized in the United States with 95% efficacy in preventing disease, from Pfizer and Moderna. Johnson & Johnson’s main results on its vaccine, the first with the potential for a single dose, are expected within a few weeks. It was the fastest vaccine development in history. Slaoui was criticized when he accepted this post for his ties to the pharmaceutical industry; he resigned from Moderna’s board when his role was announced. He sold his shares in the company and said he donated their increase in value during the few days he held them at the helm of Operation Warp Speed. He refused to sell his shares in GlaxoSmithKline, however, where he spent 30 years overseeing vaccine development, calling the stock to retire. He was criticized in particular by Senator Elizabeth Warren, and responded to her in September in a video message, claiming he was a registered Democrat, but “did not hesitate” to take on the role “because this pandemic is bigger than any of us. ”Slaoui received $ 1,000 for his work overseeing Operation Warp Speed, which he said he planned to donate to scientific research.” Subscribe Subscribe to CNBC TV: »Subscribe to CNBC:» Subscribe to CNBC Classic: Turn to CNBC TV for the latest stock market news and analysis From futures on the market to live price updates , CNBC is the world’s leader in business news. The News with Shepard Smith is CNBC’s daily podcast that provides in-depth, non-partisan coverage and perspective on the day’s most important stories.Available at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. 30 PT daily from September 30: Connect z-up with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: Follow CNBC News on Facebook: Follow CNBC News on Twitter: Follow CNBC News on Instagram: #CNBC #CNBCTV.
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