While vaccine distribution efforts got off to a slow start, the development and emergency approval of a shot were unprecedentedly fast.
Much of that can be credited to companies working overtime to create and test their drug.
But another piece of the puzzle, at least in the U.S., was “Operation Warp Speed” – the federal government’s program to ensure a vaccine was ready.
But now, one of its top figures is stepping down.
Dr. Moncef Slaoui has guided the scientific efforts of the operation since its inception.
But he had said he would resign in late 2020 or early this year when he felt that he did as much as he could to help.
So, he will leave the program as it shifts from development to distribution.
The doctor will, however, stay on to advise the incoming Biden administration for 30 days.
It’s not known if a successor will be appointed.
Source: NewsNet | Operation Warp Speed Science Chief Steps Down