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HIV researcher named to lead battered CDC

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Science  11 Dec 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6522, pp. 1256
DOI: 10.1126/science.370.6522.1256

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President-elect Joe Biden moved this week to fill two top health positions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will be nominated as secretary of health and human services, and HIV/AIDS researcher Rochelle Walensky of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital has been selected to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Becerra served on a congressional committee that oversaw Medicare and Medicaid and has led efforts to defend the Affordable Care Act and women's reproductive rights. Biden's selection of Walensky drew praise. A physician and epidemiologist, Walensky's specialties include promoting HIV testing and modeling the cost effectiveness of giving groups vulnerable to HIV drugs to prevent infections. This year, she has advocated strong action to control and monitor spread of the pandemic coronavirus.

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