Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary, resigned before this 7 days, citing the violent Capitol riot inflamed by President Donald Trump in his resignation letter attained by NBC Information.

Azar said his resignation would develop into productive on Jan. 20th — the same day he would have been leaving place of work after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. The letter was dated Jan. 12, virtually a 7 days soon after the riot.

He claimed that the assault — which remaining 5 persons useless and several hurt — and the president’s gradual reaction to condemn it, threaten to “tarnish” the achievements the administration has made above the past four decades. In distinct, Procedure Warp Velocity, which led to the creation of two vaccines to overcome the raging coronavirus pandemic.

“The assaults on the Capitol had been an assault on our Democracy and the tradition of tranquil transitions of electricity that the United States of America to start with introduced to the environment,” he said. “I Implore you to continue to condemn unequivocally any kind of violence, to desire that no one particular endeavor to disrupt the inaugural routines in Washington or in other places and to proceed to assist unreservedly the peaceful and orderly transition of ability on January 20, 2021.”

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“With the pandemic raging, the continued need to supply vaccines and therapeutics to the American people today, and the crucial of making certain a easy transition to the Biden Administration, I have decided that it is in the very best curiosity of the persons we provide to remain as Secretary till the conclude of the term,” he added.

The Trump administration has been heavily criticized for its distribution approach for vaccines. As of Thursday early morning, out of much more than 30 million vaccine doses distributed nationwide, just over 11 million doses have been administered, according to the Facilities for Ailment Handle and Prevention.

The disorder, which has shuttered firms nationwide and despatched the economic system into a tailspin, has claimed the life of additional than 390,000 individuals given that the close of February.

Trump administration officers last but not least started giving Biden’s crew obtain to essential Covid-19 vaccination info this week.

Azar joins numerous other Cabinet officers who have now resigned, like Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Instruction Secretary Betsy DeVos, who each cited Trump’s role in egging on the rioters.