President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has hired Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine to become Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. She would be the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate.
Mr. Biden pledged transgender and non-conformist people in the United States and around the world to fight for their safety and dignity. His promise stands in stark contrast to the efforts of the Trump administration, which over the past four years has reduced protections.
In his current role, Dr Levine has led Pennsylvania’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the continued leadership and essential expertise we need to help people navigate this pandemic – regardless of zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability – and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical situation. time and beyond, ”Biden said in a statement Tuesday. “She is a historic and highly qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”
Under President Trump’s leadership, Admiral Brett P. Giroir served as Assistant Secretary of Health in the Department of Health and Human Services and led the country’s Covid-19 testing efforts. Ahead of the December break, Admiral Giroir urged people to avoid travel if possible and wear face masks – a position that has been ridiculed by Mr Trump.