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Biden picks Calif. AG Becerra to lead HHS, pandemic response

 

December 7, 2020

Jim Wilson – New York Times

Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, at a news conference in San Francisco, Feb. 26, 2019. President-elect Joe Biden has selected Becerra as his nominee for secretary of health and human services, ending a politically delicate search that brought complaints from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about a lack of Latinos in the incoming cabinet.

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration's coronavirus response.

Separately, Biden picked a Harvard infectious disease expert, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a $1-trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading-edge medical research and health insurance programs covering more than 130 million Americans.

https://www.startribune.com/biden-picks-calif-ag-to-be-first-latino-health-secretary/573311641/

 

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