The senior adviser of the US vaccination operation, “Warp Speed”, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, presented his resignation at the request of the next US administration, report the US media Wednesday.
Dr. Slaoui will leave office in a month, after leading the unprecedented effort of the US government to develop a safe and effective vaccine against Covid-19 before the end of 2020.
The Maroco-American doctor immunologist had previously announced his intention to resign once two vaccines and two therapies for Covid-19 were on the market, a goal that was achieved last month with the approval by the US health authorities of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
Last week, he said he wanted to extend his mandate for a few weeks “to ensure that the operation continues to perform as well during the transition period”.
“We are reaching a stage where my added value and more limited,” he said.
Although the vaccination campaign was not as fast as expected in the United States, the speed of vaccine development, supervised by Dr. Slaoui, exceeded expectations. Two vaccines were authorized in the United States with 95% efficacy against the virus in less than a year.