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Biden selects the well being staff, together with the primary candidate for HHS Latino secretary

December 07, 2020

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Elected President Joseph R.. Biden Jr. today announced key members of his health team – people he called “trustworthy, accomplished” and “ready from day one” to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Biden nominated for HHS secretary Xavier Becerra, Who is currently California’s Attorney General and if confirmed he would be the first Latino to hold that position.

According to Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, Becerra is a former Senior Adviser at CMS and now Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at the University of Buffalo. He heads the 20-state coalition that supports the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Becerra has also fought for access to remdesivir during the pandemic, women’s reproductive rights, and removing inappropriate barriers to treatment for addiction.

Despite Becerra’s commitment to health care, Nielsen said his appointment as HHS secretary was unexpected.

“Becerra was widely seen as a potential attorney general candidate,” she said. “He spent many years in Congress before returning to [California] as [attorney general]He knows this landscape, but the HHS nomination wasn’t what political forecasters expected. “

Stan L. Gerson, MD, Becerra, interim dean of the medical school at Case Western Reserve University, described Becerra as an “established, efficient and underserved administrator”.

“While his specific healthcare background is not apparent, his spouse is a maternal-fetal medicine that he participates in [the University of Southern California]and offers a budget perspective for health care and NIH research, ”he told Healio Primary Care.

Biden announced other key nominations and appointments to fill out his health team:

  • Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, will serve as CDC director. Walensky is the chief infectious disease chief at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
  • Anthony Fauci, MD, will serve as chief medical advisor to the President on COVID-19. Fauci will continue to serve as director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Biden transition team said.
  • Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, was nominated as a general surgeon. Murthy is a doctor, researcher, and former Vice Admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
  • Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHSwill serve as chair of the COVID-19 Equity Task Force. Nunez-Smith is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management at the Yale School of Medicine.
  • Jeff Zients will serve as the COVID-19 response coordinator and adviser to the President. Zients was previously director of the National Economic Council and acting director of the Department of Administration and Budget during the Obama administration.

Michael Siegel, MD, MPH, A professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health told Healio Primary Care that if confirmed, Becerra will benefit from an administration that has a science-based plan to combat this deadly virus [COVID-19] under control.”

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