By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, MICHAEL BOLSAMO and JONATHAN TEMPLE, Associated Press
Washington (AP) – President-Elect Joe Biden has elected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in his role as Health Secretary, hired a defender of the Affordable Care Act to oversee his administration’s response to the coronavirus virus.
Separately, Biden called Harvard infectious disease specialist, Drs. Selected Rochelle Wallensky as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And he named the government’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Announced a new role for Anthony Fauci.
If confirmed by the Senate, Bisera, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services will be Latino, a $ 1 trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading medical research and health insurance programs of 130. Covering over a million Americans.
Biden’s selection of Benedra and Valensky was announced early Monday in a press release from the transition office. People familiar with the decision briefed The Associated Press on Sunday night. Biden also announced other top members of his health care team, although some positions are incomplete.
Becerra, as California’s top lawyer, has led a coalition of Democratic states that opposed the Trump administration’s latest attempt to overturn it while defending “ObamaCare”, a legal case awaiting a Supreme Court ruling next year was doing.
A former senior House Democrat, Becerra was involved in advancing Obama’s health law through Congress in 2009 and 2010. At that time he would tell reporters that one of his primary motivations was thousands of unmarried people in his Southern California district.
Besikra has the precise approach of a lawyer and a calm demeanor to analyze problems.
But monitoring the coronovirus response would be the most complex task he has ever thought of. By next year, the US will join the mass vaccination campaign, for which the foundation has been laid under the Trump administration. Although vaccines appear very promising, and no attempt has been made to plan their delivery, it is impossible to tell exactly how good the time would be to get a shot in the arms of millions of Americans.
Becerra will not be this alone. Biden is expected to emphasize a coordinated response to the virus when he introduces his team to the public this week.
Businessman Jeff Zeders was named as Biden’s White House Coronavirus Coordinator. Zesters, an economic adviser to former President Barack Obama, also led the rescue of the HealthCare.gov website following its disastrous launch in 2013. Former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, co-chairman of Biden’s Coronoval Task Force, is returning to his position as the country’s doctor, with wide responsibilities.
Biden announced that Fauci would be the president’s chief medical adviser, while continuing as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases.
Adding to the group is national security expert Natalie Quillion co-director of coronovirus response and Yale public health expert Drs. Marcella Nunez-Smith as COVID-19, who will lead a new task force to reduce health disparities in which a disease has a profound impact among minorities.
The main components of HHS are shoes based on the government’s response to coronavirus virus. The Food and Drug Administration oversees vaccines and treatments, while much of the underlying scientific and medical research comes from NIH. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention undertake the detection and dissemination of diseases. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, provides insurance coverage for more than 1 in 3 Americans, including vulnerable seniors, as well as many children and low-income people.
Biden still has not chosen the heads of the FDA and CMS.
Under President Donald Trump, the CDC was accused of playing a lesser role when scientists at the agency issued an early warning denying Trump’s assurance that the virus was under control, rattling financial markets. The FDA was the target of repeated attacks by a president who suspected that its scientists were politically motivated and who wanted to rubber-stamp them for uncompensated treatments.
As the director of the CDC, Valensky Drs. Robert will replace Redfield, who correctly stated that coronovirus vaccines will not be available to most people until next year, only to be “confused” by Trump. Walensky is a leading infectious disease specialist Massachusetts General Hospital, and has dedicated his career to combat HIV / AIDS.
The experience of running the bureaucratic apparatus of the California Attorney General’s office, as well as his success working with Republicans, helped seal the pick for Biden, said a person familiar with the process but publicly commenting Is not authorized for Worked with Becerra LouisianaRepublican Attorney General to increase availability of COVID-19 drug treatment remediesvir in his states. He has also worked closely with other Republican attorneys in general on legal challenges against opioid manufacturers.
In response to California’s coronovirus, Becerra defended the widespread shutdown. Gavin Newsome created a place to curb the epidemic, including the extent of religious ceremonies. Three churches in Southern California sued Newsome, Becerra, and other state officials because in-person church services were halted.
Biden’s proposal was extended to Beckerra on Friday. The Congress is under pressure from the Hispanic Caucus to appoint Latino to the cabinet in the presidential election.
Before that Becerra had served in Congress for more than a decade, representing parts of Los Angeles County. He also served in the California State Legislative Assembly after attending law school at Stanford.
Her mother was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and moved to the United States after marrying her father, who grew up in Sacramento, California, Mexico.
Becerra often cites her parents as her inspiration, saying that she inspired them to have a strong work ethic and desire for advancement. His father worked in road construction while his mother was a clerical worker. Becerra’s marriage to a physician, Dr. Carolina is from Reyes, who specializes in maternal and fetal health.
In an AP profile published last year, a lifelong friend of Becerra said he learned to remain calm and self-controlled in high school as a versity golfer and an exceptional poker player. Becerra studied the advice of well-known golfers while practicing with a set of used clubs costing less than $ 100.
Lemming reported from Wilmington, Delaware. Journalists Amer Madhani, Zeke Miller and Kathleen Ronnay of the Associated Press in Sacramento, California contributed to this report.
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