Biden to Nominate Dr. Rochelle Walensky as CDC Chief

Biden to Nominate Dr. Rochelle Walensky as CDC Chief

Joe Biden has picked Rochelle Walensky to lead the country’s top public health agency as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Politico reported.

Walensky, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will be charged with leading a staff of 20,000 people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid a pandemic that has taken the lives of 280,000-plus Americans.

She will spell Dr. Robert Redfield at a critical moment as the CDC will play an important role in managing the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The agency has made several missteps since COVID-19 hit the U.S., including flawed tests in February and confusing guidance on face masks. President Donald Trump’s administration has also bypassed the agency on COVID-19 data, in July ordering hospitals to instead send all virus-related patient information to a central database in Washington, D.C.

The news was met with celebration from some healthcare leaders.

Jen Kates, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, tweeted:

“In selecting @RWalensky, Biden has chosen one of the most respected infectious disease docs in the world. She has a long history working on HIV and has, in the past year, become a tour de force in addressing COVID. She’ll take the helm of CDC at perhaps its most critical moment.”


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