Here Are the Experts Joining Fauci on Biden's Health Team That Will Help Fight COVID

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden officially announced key nominations and appointments for his health team that will aid him in the battle against COVID-19.

The team of experts will advise Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the government response to the pandemic, as well as helping to fulfil the the President-elect's vision of making health care "a right—not a privelege—for all Americans," according to a statement from the Biden-Harris transition team.

Some of the appointments had already been announced but below are the official nominations and appointments:

Xavier Becerra - Secretary of Health and Human Services (Nominated)

The current Attorney General of California, Becerra will become the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services if he is confirmed. As a former member of Congress, Becerra was influential in the passing of the Affordable Care Act, and led the defense of the legislation in the Supreme Court on behalf of twenty states and the District of Columbia last month.

Dr. Vivek Murthy - Surgeon General of the United States (Nominated)

Murthy is a physician, research scientist and former Vice Admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. A long-time adviser to Biden, he previously held the Surgeon General post between 2014 and 2017 under the administration of Barack Obama.

Dr. Anthony Fauci - Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19 (Appointed)

The U.S. government's top infectious disease specialist is widely considered to be one of the most trusted public health figures involved in the COVID-19 response. In addition to his new role, Fauci will continue to serve as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky - Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Nominated)

Walensky is a leading virus expert who has experienced the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic firsthand in her role serving as Chief of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith - COVID-19 Equity Task Force Chair (Appointed)

Nunez-Smith will advise the president-elect on how to reduce disparities in the care and treatment of—and response to—COVID-19. She is a leading expert on health care disparities who is currently serving as an Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management at the Yale School of Medicine. She is also the founding director of Yale's Equity Research and Innovation Center.

Jeff Zients - Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response and Counselor to the President (Appointed)

Zients will advise Biden on the federal government's response to COVID-19, including how to safely and equitably distribute vaccines. Zients is a renowned crisis manager who previously served under the Obama-Biden administration.

Natalie Quillian - Deputy Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response (Appointed)

Quillian is a national security expert who previously served as an advisor in the Obama-Biden administration, aiding with the response to America's opioid epidemic.

"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.

"This team of world-class medical experts and public servants will be ready on day one to mobilize every resource of the federal government to expand testing and masking, oversee the safe, equitable, and free distribution of treatments and vaccines, re-open schools and businesses safely, lower prescription drug and other health costs and expand affordable health care to all Americans."

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden puts on a mask after speaking at the Queen Theater, December 4, 2020 Wilmington, Delaware. Alex Wong/Getty Images