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Biden vows to heal and take action against COVID pandemic

Among Biden’s top climate nominees are U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, D-NM, as Home Secretary and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as Energy Secretary .

Biden has already announced several candidates for major health agencies, including Xavier Becerra, California attorney general since 2017, as secretary of health and human services, and Rachel Levine, MD, a transgender woman, for assistant secretary. to health. Levine, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the first openly transgender federal public servant in a Senate confirmed role.

Vivek Murthy, MD, who was general surgeon under President Barack Obama, will hold the same position for Biden, and Rochelle Walensky, MD, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, will be serve as CDC director. Anthony Fauci, MD, will be Biden’s chief medical adviser on the pandemic.

Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler, MD has been asked to lead Operation Warp Speed ​​to vaccinate the population against COVID-19.

Biden’s team won’t just focus on the pandemic. The fight against cancer will be a key priority for Biden and Harris – a political and personal matter for both. This is expected to be a signing issue for incoming first lady Jill Biden. Beau, Biden’s son, died of brain cancer at the age of 46 in 2015. Joe Biden led Cancer Moonshot, a national effort to end cancer, while he was vice- President of Obama.

Biden’s efforts in cancer research and treatment have garnered appreciation from Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

In a statement, she said, “President-elect Biden – like many Americans – has a deep personal connection to cancer that spurs his strong commitment to biomedical research. Specifically, the Moonshot Cancer Initiative, which he spearheaded, continues to be an incredible source of opportunity and new discoveries for cancer researchers across the country. With around 1.9 million people expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, there is an urgent need to work with President-elect Biden and his administration to see what we can do together to accelerate the pace, progress and equitable access to cancer research and innovations. . “