Jun 8, 2021 - Health

White House COVID-19 senior adviser announces departure

Image depicts a headshot of outgoing White House senior adviser for COVID-19 Andy Slavitt.

Andy Slavitt is leaving the White House on June 9. Photo: Shari L. Gross/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for coronavirus response, announced on Tuesday he is leaving his temporary role.

Why it matters: Slavitt, who was appointed to the position in January and was expected to leave this month, urged Americans in his final press briefing to not "let our progress be a reason for taking our foot off the pedal."

What he's saying: "Threats remain," Slavitt said. "We must push harder so more Americans can return to normal life with the peace of mind that comes with being vaccinated."

  • "Andy, you are a class act, and we will miss you greatly," Anthony Fauci said at the briefing.
  • Slavitt said his last day will be Wednesday.

Context: Before joining the White House, Slavitt was the acting chief of Medicare and Medicaid during the Obama administration, where he helped fix the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov.

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