Finally! Hope is on the way.

Courtesy of Axios

Joe Biden plans Monday to name a 12-member task force to combat and contain the spread of the coronavirus, sources tell Axios.

By announcing a COVID task force even before unveiling his senior White House staff or a single cabinet appointment, Biden is signaling that addressing the coronavirus will be the immediate priority for his transition, and then his potential administration.

The task force will be led by three co-chairs: former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith from Yale University.

Some members of the group have been advising Biden throughout the campaign, both the public policy challenges, as well as adopting health protocols for the campaign itself to prevent the spread of the virus in Biden’s inner circle.

On Friday night, Biden claimed voters have “given us a mandate for action on COVID, the economy, climate change, systemic racism.”

I am glad that Biden is planning to hit the ground running because there is so very much to do. 

And getting this pandemic under control is only step one.