On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden announced the health team that will lead his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will hold the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services. Becerra is the 33rd Attorney General of the State of California. He is also the first Latino to hold the office in the state’s history. Becerra is said to be ” for the people.” He has fought for working families, Social Security, and Medicare programs.
Dr. Vivek Murthy has been nominated as the US Surgeon General. Murthy completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was previously appointed United States surgeon general in 2013 under the Obama administration.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky will be the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Walensky is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She also practices as an Infectious Disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith was named to be the chair of the Covid-19 equity task force. Nunez-Smith is the Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC). She also serves as an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has been at the forefront of COVID-19. He Will take a position as the chief medical adviser. Fauci will also hold his current role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Jeff Zients will serve as the Covid-19 coordinator of response and counselor to Biden. He formerly served under the Obama Administration. He held positions as the United States Chief Performance Officer and Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget (DDM).
Natalie Quillian will serve as deputy coordinator of the Covid-19 response. She has served over a decade in national security and domestic policy positions under both the Obama and Bush administrations.
Biden will be holding an event on Tuesday to introduce the new health team. “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.