Dach’s appointment comes as the administration grapples with plans to start distributing Covid-19 booster shots to all adults – a controversial move that has sparked internal strife and scrambled the government’s vaccination campaign .
Biden health officials initially announced that they would begin handing out boosters this week. But it prompted pushback within the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration. On Friday, a vaccine advisory group further muddied the government’s strategy by recommending that boosters be given only to a smaller group of high-risk people.
Beyond the recall debate, the administration is also pushing for widespread vaccination requirements and is trying to step up Covid-19 testing in a redoubled effort to bring the virus under control.
Dach served as a senior advisor to then HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell during the Obama administration, where he helped manage the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
He then advised Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign in 2016, before launching the pro-ACA Protect Our Care group to fight the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal the health care law.
The organization has most recently focused on helping the Biden administration’s health program and advocating for efforts to cut drug prices under the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. democrats.
Dach took a temporary leave of absence from Protect Our Care, intending to return to the group at the end of his HHS tour.