In a tweet Wednesday morning, US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams confirmed reports that the Biden team has asked him to resign.
I’ve been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health. See my full statement at: https://t.co/pCkbpealt8
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 20, 2021
What this means:
Asking Adams to resign represents a visible break by the Biden team with the Trump administration’s Covid response.
Last month, President-elect Joe Biden announced he would nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy to be the next Surgeon General under his administration — a role Murthy held in the Obama administration.
It is unclear who will fill the job on an interim basis between the time Adams vacates the role and the time Murthy is confirmed by the Senate.