Moncef Slavey, chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, presented his resignation on Wednesday as part of a plan to hand over vaccination efforts to President Biden’s coronavirus team.
Slavey’s resignation, which will take effect next month, according to CNBC, comes as the newly elected president has not yet appointed a new chief scientific adviser for the federal government’s vaccine deployment program, which has so far seen just over 9 million Americans receive the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Biden’s transition team did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.
The president-elect has appointed CEO and former OMB manager Jeffrey Zienz to oversee his response to COVID-1
Earlier, Slavey said he would step down after two COVID-19 vaccines hit the market, a milestone reached last month. He told Politico last week that he had extended his plans to stay until Biden’s team no longer needed his help.
“I have decided to extend it to ensure that the operation will continue to be carried out the way it was carried out during the administration’s transition,” Slavey told the news bulletin.
An official from Biden’s transition team also told Politico that Slavey would stay temporarily “to ensure the continuity of the work already done and to ensure a smooth process.”
During the same conversation, General Gustave Perna told the news that Biden’s team had not asked him to step down from overseeing vaccine distribution efforts in the country.
“I signed up, I’m here until my part of the mission is completed or I’m told otherwise,” he said.