U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said he will nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Monday, making him one of the top officials on his team to fight the disease. COVID-19 pandemic.
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Biden chose Becerra, a 62-year-old Latino former congressman, amid pressure to add diversity to his cabinet appointments, including complaints from the Hispanic Congressional Caucus over the absence of Latinos.
“This team of world-class medical experts and public servants will be ready from day one to mobilize all resources from the federal government to expand the testing and use of masks,” Biden said in a statement, adding that they “will oversee the safe distribution , equitable and free of treatments and vaccines ”.
Biden, who will take office on January 20, has already announced the top nominees for his economic and national security teams. He has forged ahead with the transition to the White House even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede his defeat in the November 3 election and has launched a failed effort to overturn the results.
Trump suffered another setback Sunday, when the leader of his legal team, his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, tested positive for COVID-19. A source familiar with the situation said Giuliani was admitted to a hospital in Washington, DC
Biden also selected Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the task force of Trump on the coronavirus, as his main medical adviser.
The former vice president also appointed Jeff Zients, an economic adviser lauded for his managerial skills, as a coronavirus “czar” to oversee a response to COVID-19 that will soon include an unprecedented operation to distribute hundreds of millions of doses of a new vaccine. , coordinating efforts among multiple federal agencies.
Another of those chosen is Vivek Murthy, a physician who has risen to prominence in recent months as co-chair of Biden’s advisory board dealing with the pandemic, to return for a second term as surgeon general. He also selected Marcella Nunez-Smith, a professor at Yale School of Medicine, to lead a group that will address the disproportionate COVID-19 condition among Blacks and Latinos.