President-elect Joe Biden announced the key members of his health team on Monday. Those selected will play a pivotal role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as vaccine distribution when Biden and Kamala Harris enter the White House on January 20th, 2021.
“This trusted and accomplished team of leaders will bring the highest level of integrity, scientific rigor, and crisis-management experience to one of the toughest challenges America has ever faced — getting the pandemic under control so that the American people can get back to work, back to their lives, and back to their loved ones,” Biden said in a statement.
Xavier Becerra will serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is currently the Attorney General of California.
Dr. Vivek Murthy has been selected to serve as Surgeon General. He is a physician, research scientist, and longtime advisor to Joe Biden.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky has been tapped to serve as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is currently the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will serve as the COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair. She is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management at the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Anthony Fauci will serve as the Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19 to President Joe Biden. He will also continue his work as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Jeff Zients has been selected as Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President. From 2014 to 2017, Zients was the director of the National Economic Council.
Natalie Quillian will serve as Deputy Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response. She is a former White House and Pentagon senior advisor.
“This team of world-class medical experts and public servants will be ready on day one to mobilize every resource of the federal government to expand testing and masking, oversee the safe, equitable, and free distribution of treatments and vaccines, re-open schools and businesses safely, lower prescription drug and other health costs and expand affordable health care to all Americans, and rally the country and restore the belief that there is nothing beyond America’s capacity if we do it together,” Biden’s statement continued.
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