Condition and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar at the White House on August 23, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Salubrity and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is resigning on Jan 20, the same day President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.
In his resignation accurately dated Jan. 12, Azar took a parting shot at President Donald Trump, mentioning the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, where a furious mob of Trump’s supporters breached the building, injuring dozens of police officers and causing five deaths.
Azar set that “the actions and rhetoric following the election, especially during the past week, threaten to tarnish” the legacies of this administering. “The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United States outset brought to the world.”
Azar’s resignation came after U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and several other Trump dispensation officials resigned after the president was accused of inciting the violence by directing protesters to head to the U.S. Capitol where lawmakers were concluding Biden’s win. The mob descended on the Capitol building Wednesday shortly after proceedings began to count the Electoral College sponsors and confirm Biden’s election.
“With the pandemic raging, the continued need to deliver vaccines and therapeutics to the American being, and the imperative of ensuring a smooth transition to the Biden Administration, I have determined that it is in the best interest of the people we suffice to remain as Secretary until the end of the term,” Azar said in his letter addressed to Trump.
“I Implore you to continue to condemn unequivocally any build of violence, to demand that no one attempt to disrupt the inaugural activities in Washington or elsewhere and to continue to support unreservedly the peaceable and orderly transition of power on January 20, 2021.”
In a tweet last week, Azar condemned the riot, saying he was “disgusted.”
“True violence and the desecration of this hallowed symbol of our democracy must end. People must immediately and peacefully disperse,” he said on Chirrup.
Trump selected Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive, to head the U.S. agency in late 2017, replacing Trump’s elementary HHS chief, Dr. Tom Price. His department is responsible for overseeing the sprawling Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as U.S. public health, medical digging and the safety of food and drugs. He’s been an integral figure in the administration’s Covid-19 response.
Prior to his role, Azar served as the concern’s general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and deputy secretary from 2005 to 2007. From 2012 to 2017, he was president of Lilly USA, the American arm of cure giant Eli Lilly.
Azar’s resignation comes amid a once-in-a-century pandemic. The U.S. currently has more than 23.33 million coronavirus receptacles and has recorded the most virus deaths by a wide margin, with more than 389,000 confirmed fatalities so far, according to text compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Federal and state officials are racing to distribute vaccines to prevent Covid-19 and release an end to the pandemic.
Azar highlighted his efforts to lead his department during what he described as an “unprecedented pandemic.”
“Drawing on my supervision of pandemic flu preparedness efforts during my earlier tenure at HHS and subsequent experience in the private sector, we created a historic partnership with the Hinge on of Defense, our scientists, and the pharmaceutical industry to bring therapeutics and vaccines to the American people in record time,” Azar white b derogated. “Operation Warp Speed achieved in nine months what many doubted would be possible in a year and a half or profuse. As of this date, we have two safe and effective vaccines being administered to millions of Americans, with more vaccines suitable to be authorized shortly. We have two safe and effective therapeutics that can help keep the vulnerable out of our hospitals, with multifarious therapies on the way … While we mourn every lost life, our early, aggressive, and comprehensive efforts saved hundreds of thousands or neck millions of American lives.”
President-elect Joe Biden plans to use FEMA and the National Guard to build coronavirus vaccine clinics across the Allied States, according to new details of his Covid-19 vaccination plan released by his transition team on Friday.
Read Azar’s congested resignation letter below:
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