Statement by Research!America President & CEO Mary Woolley on President-elect Biden Health Nominees and Appointees

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Research!America applauds President-elect Biden for his decision to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Attorney General Becerra has the experience, the policy acumen, and the empathy, qualities important for leading HHS during this particularly challenging period in our nation’s history.  

We also support the decision to appoint Dr. Rochelle Walensky to be the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Walensky’s expertise is vital for the CDC’s ability to help lead our COVID-19 response and prepare both our nation and the global community to prevent diseases in the future, as well as respond to the moment.  

Dr. Vivek Murthy’s nomination to once again be our nation’s Surgeon General is a natural choice. Dr. Murthy’s past experience as “America’s Doctor” will only enhance his ability to support our nation’s response to a range of health threats from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response to the opioid crisis.

We want to thank Alex Azar, Dr. Robert Redfield, and Dr. Jerome Adams for their service to the nation during this challenging time. 


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