Senior adviser to U.S. White House epidemic team announces he will leave

On Friday (May 14), Andy Slavitt, senior advisor to the U.S. White House coronavirus response team, announced that he will leave his position in early June.

The departure comes a day after Slavitt announced that fully vaccinated people would not need to wear masks in most cases. He said on Friday that while the administration has met many of its goals for the pandemic, there is still more work to be done.

“There’s never a perfect time to leave,” Slavitt said in an interview with Bloomberg, adding that he believes that when he does leave the role, “the people here have done a great job of taking care of things, and a lot of the hard things have been done.”

Asked what more needs to be done, Slavitt cited the “important work” of convincing unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated, as well as helping other struggling countries with vaccination efforts.

Slavitt said, “There will always be things to do, there will always be challenges.” “Hopefully, at the national level, the challenges will not be as intense as they have been to date.”

Slavitt said he will leave sometime in “early June. The White House did not respond to a request for comment from CNBC for more details on Slavitt’s departure.

The U.S. Department of the Interior noted that Slavitt’s departure was due to his status as a special government employee, which limited his service to 130 days.