President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that Dr. Ashish Jha will be the new White House coronavirus response coordinator.
Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and a practicing internist, will replace Jeffrey Zients, who plans to leave his post to return to private life, Biden said in a statement.
“Dr. Jha is one of the leading public health experts in America, and a well known figure to many Americans from his wise and calming public presence,” Biden said in the White House release.
“And as we enter a new moment in the pandemic — executing on my National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and managing the ongoing risks from COVID-19 — Dr. Jha is the perfect person for the job.”
Officials said the federal response to COVID-19 would become more of a long-term public health effort, and less of a crisis requiring immediate government action, now that much of the country is vaccinated, The New York Times reported.
If new COVID-19 variants emerge, the 51-year-old Jha, who has urged an aggressive approach to the pandemic, can draw upon the tools his predecessor put in place during the past 14 months, the Times said.
“Americans are safely moving back to more normal routines, using the effective new tools we have to enable us to reduce severe COVID-19 cases and make workplaces and schools safer,” Biden said in his statement.
“But our work in combating COVID-19 is far from done.” Continue reading at Newsmax.