Slavey confirmed to CNBC on Wednesday that he had submitted his resignation letter Tuesday to the Trump administration. He will stay for 30 days to “ensure a smooth transition,” a Biden employee told CNN in the transition.
Slavey said in an interview with reporters last week that he had been in contact with the Biden administration and had been asked to become a consultant when the transition took place, which he agreed to, CNN reported earlier.
He is usually politically appointed as Slavey to retire as part of the transition from one administration to another. It was unclear whether the Biden administration planned to appoint a successor.
During his appearance on CNBC, Slavey highlighted the success of Operation Warp Speed in obtaining two vaccines approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration and said he always intended to return to his private life after being achieved. He said he had decided to “extend” his “mandate to support the new team when they enter”.
“As you know, I am very supportive of this forthcoming administration and, of course, of course, the operation and its mission, and I will do my best to help them succeed,” Slavey said.
Slavey said he would continue to support Operation Warp Speed ”in every way possible” and expressed “hope and confidence” in the Biden administration’s ability to take on the country’s vaccination efforts.
It is unclear whether General Gustave Perna, chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed, will remain in office.