President-electplans to tap , the head of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, as his incoming director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Sunday evening.
Walensky, also a professor of medicine at Harvard,, who was appointed in 2018 and has been one of ’s main advisers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The role is sure to be one of the most essential in Biden’s incoming administration as the nation reels from the threat of COVID-19. More than 281,000 people in the United States have died from the virus and the country has shattered records for rates of daily infections, daily fatalities and hospitalizations this month in what officials have declared the worst phase of the pandemic thus far.
Several vaccine candidates have shown promising results and could soon be approved for widespread use, but healthcare leaders have warned the U.S.. The CDC has issued more dire public health guidelines in recent weeks, including urging all Americans to adopt “ ” indoors anywhere except at home.
Biden has been working quickly to assemble his team of health officials before he assumes office on Jan. 20. Earlier this month, the president-elect said he had asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to serve as his chief medical adviser as he has done for six previous administrations.
Fauci said he“right on the spot.”
“I asked him to stay on the exact same role he’s had for the past several presidents, and I asked him to be a chief medical adviser for me as well, and be part of the COVID team,” Biden told CNN on Thursday.
By David Aaron
December 07, 2020