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Former FDA chief grabs spotlight with coronavirus plans to ‘turn the lights back on’

Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

By Laurie McGinley, Josh Dawsey, and Yasmeen Abutaleb (original source The Washington Post) 

“A year after Scott Gottlieb resigned unexpectedly as Food and Drug Administration commissioner to return home to his family in Westport, Conn., he has never been in such demand — advising lawmakers, governors, members of the Trump administration and even the president himself about combating the novel coronavirus.

The reason is simple, say the officials seeking his advice: He’s got a plan. In fact, several of them.

At a time when many complain about the lack of a federal strategy, Gottlieb and four co-authors have published two detailed road maps on how to navigate the treacherous path back to some semblance of normalcy by emphasizing the ‘Three ‘T’s’: testing, contact tracing and treatment. He has briefed members of Congress, as well as governors, including Republican Larry Hogan of Maryland and Democrat Phil Murphy of New Jersey. He serves as an informal adviser to the White House coronavirus task force, which is scrutinizing his plan as it struggles to develop its own long-term strategy. And he has met with President Trump and his top advisers.”

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