Despite the slower-than-promised rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the tenure of Moncef Slaoui, Ph.D., as co-leader of the government’s Operation Warp Speed effort has largely been deemed a success. Slaoui, after all, is credited with fostering a speedy R&D process so the companies could get their mRNA vaccines on the market so quickly.

But now, Slaoui has one foot out the door as the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden draws near.

Slaoui submitted his resignation at Biden’s request, CNBC reported Tuesday, citing anonymous sources. Slaoui appeared on CNBC this morning and confirmed the report.

Slaoui said it is time for him to “move on and go back to my private life and private business.” He added that he plans to stay for 30 days

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