The latest on Alex Azar. In 2018, President Donald Trump appointed Azar Secretary of Health and Human Services. During his tenure, he briefly served as the chairman of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. He previously served in the administration of President George W. Bush.
59% of Americans Say Vaccine Rollout Happening Too Slowly in Their State
The Biden administration is "inheriting a huge mess" on the rollout of vaccines, said incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain on Sunday.
HHS Secretary Azar Fires Back After Vaccine Rollout Criticism by Governors
State leaders accused the Trump administration of failing to provide a promised stockpile of new vaccine doses this week.
HHS Secretary Azar Urges Trump to Condemn Violence After Capitol Riot
"The attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power that the United State of America first brought to the world," Alex Azar wrote to the president in a Friday letter.
Alex Azar Refuses To Say if Donald Trump Is Still Fit for Office
Speculation has mounted about the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment to strip the president of his powers.
Fauci Says Biden Will Hit Target To Vaccinate 100m People in First 100 Days
America's top infectious disease specialist and incoming chief medical advisor to the Biden administration made the assertion as the U.S. struggles with vaccine roll-out setbacks.
U.S. Aiming for All Americans to Get Vaccine By June With New Pfizer Order
The U.S. has purchased enough doses of coronavirus vaccines to innoculate 200 million people by summer, just shy of the 70 percent needed to achieve herd immunity.
Anthony Fauci Gets Moderna COVID Vaccine Days Before Turning 80
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had the shot after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
Alex Azar Says Moderna COVID Vaccine Due to Be Authorized, Shipped Soon
The health secretary described the vaccine as "exceptionally safe vaccine" and "shockingly effective."
Alex Azar Says COVID Vaccine Will Be As Easy to Get As Flu Shot by February
About 2.9 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine will be distributed across the country this week.
Pfizer Vaccine Will Be Given to Americans in 'Next Couple of Days': Azar
An advisory board for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agreed on Thursday that the Pfizer COVID vaccine should be rolled out.
U.S. Health Secretary Pushes Back on Claims of No Vaccine Distribution Plan
Speaking on CBS This Morning, he rebuked Biden administration claims that the government doesn't have a plan for distribution, saying that in the meeting the Trump administration laid out "in minute detail how we would ship the vaccine."
Fox News Host Confronts HHS Secretary Over Trump's COVID Response
Trump "didn't wear a mask in public for three months until July," Chris Wallace said, criticizing the president while interviewing Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.
Alex Azar Says Pfizer 'Very Much Part' of Operation Warp Speed
Trump administration officials and allies have tried to link Pfizer's claims that its coronavirus vaccine is 90 percent effective to Operation Warp Speed.
Fox News Host Confronts Trump Adviser Over Rallies Amid COVID Pandemic
"Why doesn't the president follow his administration's own guidelines at his rallies?" Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Jason Miller.
Herd Immunity: What the Science Says About Letting COVID Spread Freely
Scientists advocating the herd immunity met with White House officials last week
HHS Sec. Says It's 'Safe' to Go Back to School, if We Put Our Mind to It
"Being in a physical school environment is vital for our kids for their physical well-being, their emotional and mental health and also nutrition services," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.
China Warns U.S., Taiwan: 'People Who Play With Fire Will Burn Themselves'
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Wednesday that Beijing opposes any official ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.
Taiwan Has Had 7 Coronavirus Deaths. Here's How
Professor Kerry Brown, of King's College London told Newsweek it is hard to see how Taiwan could have done better. "They must be the global model of how to combat this issue."
Azar Says U.S. Might Have 'Snuffed Out' COVID-19 if it Emerged There First
The health secretary is visiting Taiwan this week, and praised the island democracy for its success in containing COVID-19 while criticizing China for its perceived failings.
HHS Secretary Azar Says China Hiding COVID-19 Origins Amid Taiwan Visit
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar's visit to Taiwan over the weekend prompted scorn from the Chinese Communist Party, but the Trump administration official shot back, saying Beijing is still witholding the origin of COVID-19 from the world.
Pence: U.S. in 'Much Better Place' With Coronavirus Despite Surge in Cases
The U.S. continues to have the highest number of infections and deaths due to the virus of any country in the world.
Alex Azar Says China 'Concealed' and WHO 'Failed' on Coronavirus
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters on Friday that the "World Health Organization has failed in its responsibilities to demand accountability under the international health regulations."
States That Reopened Have Not Had Spike in New COVID-19 Cases: HHS Chief
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Sunday he has not seen any spikes in new coronavirus cases in states that recently reopened "non-essential" businesses.
HHS Secretary Dismisses Whistleblower Complaints About Coronavirus Response
Secretary Alex Azar said "every single member of the administration" shared the concerns that Dr. Rick Bright expressed in his complaint.
Who Is Rick Bright? Whistleblower Complained About Coronavirus Treatment
Bright has said that top HHS officials pressured his division to promote an unproven drug for political reasons.
$175 Billion Fund for Hospitals Treating COVID-19 Could Bail Out Big Chains
Coronavirus relief packages set aside $175 billion for a health care provider relief fund for hospitals treating the most vulnerable coronavirus patients, but experts told Newsweek the money likely will go to large hospital systems instead.
Health Department Shakeup by White House is Being Considered: Reports
Three outlets reported that Alex Azar could be replaced as Health and Human Services secretary amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Former Labradoodle Breeder Reportedly Led HHS Response to Coronavirus
Former dog breeder Brian Harrison, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar's chief of staff, reportedly held a key role in the early U.S. response to the coronavirus despite having limited experience in public health.
House Committee Warns U.S. Coronavirus Testing 'Far Behind' Other Countries
"We are gravely concerned that, due to multiple missteps, people across the country have been unable to get tested," a letter from the panel said.
After Azar Says 'Nobody' Is Trying to Minimize COVID-19 Threat, Trump Does
"It is a very serious public health threat to the people of the United States," Alex Azar told Fox News.