Operation Warp Speed's Slaoui says he submitted resignation at Biden's request

January 13, 2021 at 18:24

Operation Warp Speed Director Dr. Moncef Slaoui on Wednesday said he submitted his resignation at the request of President-elect Joe Biden.
Operation Warp Speed, first announced in May, is the Trump administration's plan to coordinate with federal and private entities to quickly develop and distribute safe COVID-19 vaccines to all Americans.
"As you know, I'm very supportive of this upcoming administration and, really, of course, the operation and its mission," Slaoui told CNBC on Tuesday.
"And I will be doing everything I can to help them succeed.
As part of that process, which I understand, they have asked me to resign from my role as ... chief scientific adviser."
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSlaoui said he submitted his resignation to the Trump administration on Tuesday and thanked them for "the opportunity to help our country and our people, as well as the people of the world," he said.
The administration hired Slaoui as a contractor rather than a private employee.
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized him for his financial ties to GlaxoSmithKline and Moderna, according to NPR.
BIDEN NAMES OBAMA-ERA UN AMBASSADOR SAMANTHA POWER TO LEAD USAIDThe spokesperson added that Slaoui is "invaluable to the Board of Directors' decisions, but he does not commit the government to any financial obligations.
Operation Warp Speed's investment decisions are recommended to, and approved by, the Operation Warp Speed Board of Directors (BoD) on a weekly basis."
In an emailed statement to NPR, Slaoui said he "accepted this role out of a commitment to public health and to helping our nation and the world control this deadly pandemic."
HHS career ethics officers have determined my contractor status, divestitures and resignations have put me in compliance with the department's robust ethical standards," he said.