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Trump-Biden transition live updates: Biden rolls out health care picks

Bet_Noire/iStockBy LIBBY CATHEY, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in 44 days.

Here is how the transition is unfolding. All times Eastern.

Dec 07, 9:30 am
Biden names 5 inaugural committee co-chairs

The Biden team has announced co-chairs for the Presidential Inaugural Committee with Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement helped put Biden on a path to victory, at the helm to guide the larger committee as they prepare for the event in 44 days.

“This inauguration will show the country and the world something I have always known: we know Joe, and Joe knows us,” Clyburn said in a statement through the Biden transition team.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will help lead Biden’s team as co-chairs, along with Clyburn who will serve as chair.

“These leaders reflect the strength, spirit, and diversity of America and have always held a steadfast commitment to restoring the soul of the nation, building back the middle class, and unifying the country,” Biden said in a statement Monday morning.

Dec 07, 9:25 am
Biden unveils health picks including HHS secretary

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his health team early Monday morning, a slate of seven experts and officials that will lead his administration’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

California Attorney General and former Rep. Xavier Beccera is nominated as Secretary of Health and Human Services. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino to lead the department.

Vivek Muthy has been nominated to be U.S. Surgeon General, a role he served in during the Obama administration.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, a leading expert on virus testing, prevention, and treatment, is nominated to serve as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, one of the country’s foremost experts on health care disparities, will serve as the COVID-19 equity task force chair.

As Biden said last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci will stay on in his current role as as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and will take on the elevated role of Biden’s chief medical adviser on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeff Zients will serve as coordinator of the COVID-19 response and counselor to the president, and Natalie Quillian will serve as deputy coordinator of the COVID-19 Response.

“This trusted and accomplished team of leaders will bring the highest level of integrity, scientific rigor, and crisis-management experience to one of the toughest challenges America has ever faced — getting the pandemic under control so that the American people can get back to work, back to their lives, and back to their loved ones,” Biden said in a statement announcing the picks.

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