WASHINGTON, U.S. – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rochelle Walensky to head the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Government’s Health Department, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times reported.
Biden will also appoint California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as secretary for health and human services, who would add another Latino member to the increasingly diverse cabinet of the president-elect, US media reported on Sunday. He would be the first Latino to head the department.
The Jew Walensky is director of the Infectious Disease Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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She will replace Robert Redfield as director of the CDC, which has been pressured by the Trump administration and its allies for its coronavirus guidance.
Walensky tackled the coronavirus outbreak in Boston and in April this year reported to the Jewish Journal of the pressure she and her colleagues were exposed to when confronted with COVID-19.
« It’s a bit like being in a tunnel looking at an oncoming train, » Walensky told Journal.
She said she was taking comfort in her synagogue. Temple Emanuel of Newton recalled telling them, « I think I need you more than you need me. « . ‘”
Walensky is an avid Twitter user and turns 17. 700 followers regularly published updates about the campaign against the coronavirus and other health problems. In the past, Walensky, who is married and has three boys, was a doctor for the Camp Yavneh summer program in New Hampshire, where she was also a board member.
During Becerra’s twelve terms in the US Congress for Los Angeles, he was an outspoken advocate of Latino rights and a staunch defender of the health program signed by President Obama Obama – a policy endorsed by US President Donald Trump and US President Donald Trump was heavily attacked Republican.
NBC, the New York Times and several other news organizations covered the plan to nominate Becerra, citing anonymous sources close to the president-elect.
Becerra, 62, was elected attorney general in California in 2016, replacing elected Vice President Kamala Harris after she was elected to the U.S. Senate. Becerra was the first Latino to hold this post.
During his tenure, he also defended the DACA immigration law program before the Supreme Court.
According to the Times, Becerra’s nomination comes after complaints from the Hispanic Caucus of Congress about a shortage of Latinos in the incoming cabinet.
Biden has announced Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas as his election to head the Ministry of Homeland Security.
If confirmed, Becerra will be tasked with running the health department amid the coronavirus pandemic that has seen over 282 in the U.S.. 000 people were killed.
For the third year in a row, the US saw a record number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours on Saturday, hitting nearly 230, according to a record by Johns Hopkins University. 000 new infections.
Biden has stressed that he would strive for diversity when selecting employees for his office in January.
In addition to Becerra, the first new products include the first female finance minister, the first female secret service director and the first Latin American head of the homeland security service.
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