Moncef Slaoui, chief advisor to Operation Warp Speed, the White House’s vaccination effort, has reportedly stepped down at the request of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, CNBC reported on Tuesday.
Slaoui would stay for about a month to help with the transition, an unnamed Biden transition team official told CNBC.
Slaoui’s contract ends on January 20, with a 30-day notice period, which has not been extended by the Biden team, CNBC and Reuters reported. It is not clear exactly when Slaoui’s work will end, but CNBC said it would be by February 12.
It is not known whether Biden will directly replace Slaoui, or whether someone will take on a new role that essentially performs the same function, with a focus on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.