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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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Jun 8, 2021 - Health

Axios-Ipsos poll: America says goodbye to the pandemic

Data: Axios-Ipsos poll; Survey of U.S. adults, March 5-8 and June 4-7, 2021; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

In a very short time, Americans have returned to doing the things many haven't done in a long time — and now see less risk than ever in returning to their pre-pandemic lives, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

The big picture: The number of people who say they've ventured out to eat or see friends and relatives has been inching up steadily as Americans get their shots. And compared to just three months ago, their perception of the risk has plummeted.

Jun 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

White House announces task force on supply chain bottlenecks

President Biden during a White House event last Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Biden will announce a new task force today to focus on the supply chain disruptions created by the pandemic and economic shutdowns, according to administration officials.

Why it matters: By naming Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the new task force, Biden is trying to ensure that the economy reopens as smoothly as possible as more Americans return to work.