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President-elect Joe Biden 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, the Associated Press writes. Separately, Biden picked a Harvard infectious disease expert, Rochelle Walensky, to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And he announced a new role for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert.

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  • Interesting ending line – “…as regulators continue to struggle with the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to delay some approvals.”
    As I recall, FDA was insisting things were moving along on schedule … but that may have been some time ago.

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