Biden picks Xavier Becerra for health secretary, key role in battling pandemic

Biden picks Xavier Becerra for health secretary, key role in battling pandemic

Channel NewsAsia - World·2020-12-07 09:02

WASHINGTON: President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration's coronavirus response.

If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a US$1-trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading-edge medical research and health insurance programs covering more than 130 million Americans.

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