Biden announces health team
US president-elect Joe Biden announced some nominations and appointments to his health team on Monday. In a release, Biden said he's nominating Xavier Becerra, attorney general of California, for Secretary of Health and Human Services.
If confirmed, Becerra, a former US congressman from California, will be the first Latino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
Anthony Fauci, a preeminent US expert on infectious diseases and an adviser to six US presidents, will serve as chief medical adviser on COVID-19 to Biden and continue in his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Meanwhile, Biden said he has tapped Vivek Murthy to serve as US surgeon general, a post the research scientist held between 2014 and 2017, and picked Rochelle Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.