Nov. 15 (UPI) — Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned Sunday it will be helpful for federal well being officers to start working with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition group as COVID-19 instances in america proceed to surge.

Fauci instructed CNN’s State of the Union that it will be greatest for public well being if well being officers might work with Biden’s group, though President Donald Trump and his administration haven’t allowed such cooperation as they’ve contested the outcomes of the presidential election in a number of states.

“In fact it will be higher if we might begin working with them,” Fauci mentioned, including that it has been “a number of months” since Trump met with the White Home coronavirus activity power.

The feedback got here as america reported 166,555 new instances and 1,266 new deaths from Saturday, in response to Johns Hopkins College’s cumulative case tracker, in the future after reporting a document of greater than 184,000 instances.

Total, america has reported world-leading totals of 10,914,044 instances and 245,646 deaths, in response to Johns Hopkins.

Fauci, who has served because the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses since 1984, harassed the significance of working with an incoming president earlier than they take workplace.

“I have been via a number of transitions now, having served six presidents for 36 years. And it’s extremely clear that the transition course of that we undergo … is de facto vital in a easy handing over of the knowledge in addition to it is nearly like passing the baton in a race,” he mentioned. “You do not wish to cease after which give it to someone, you wish to primarily maintain going.”

He additionally mentioned Biden made “a wonderful alternative” deciding on Ron Klain as White Home chief of workers, noting that they labored carefully coordinating the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

“He was completely terrific on the Ebola scenario the place we had a really profitable final endgame with Ebola,” mentioned Fauci.