BALTIMORE (WJZ) — President-elect Joe Biden named 13 doctors to his coronavirus advisory board Monday, including Dr. Céline Gounder who received a master’s of science in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2000.

Gounder was also a post-doctoral fellow in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University.

She will be among the doctors helping Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their transition team with COVID-19 related decisions. She currently teaches at NYU Langone Health. 

The board will be led by co-chairs Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

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“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” said President-elect Biden. “The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations.”

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Biden is starting his transition plans as the pandemic climbs to a new high point. Over the past two weeks, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen nearly 65%: the 7-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. went from 66,294 on Oct. 25 to 108,736.7 on Nov. 8.

Another member of the advisory board also has a local tie. Dr. Luciana Borio studied at George Washington University in DC.

You can see the full list of doctors help to advise Biden and Harris on the transition website.

CBS Baltimore Staff

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  1. Slinky says:

    The Big Guy thinks she’s cute and is looking forward to sniffing her hair. Hunter just wants to wet his beak.

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