Biden narrows picks to lead HHS, FDA

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has emerged as a front-runner to be President-elect Joe Biden's choice as secretary of HHS, sources told Politico

Ms. Raimondo's rise to a top pick for the role comes as New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is no longer a leading candidate for HHS secretary, according to Politico. Ms. Grisham reportedly recently turned down an offer from President-elect Biden's staff to run the Interior Department, which sources told Politico hurt her candidacy for HHS secretary and other jobs in the administration.

President-elect Biden is expected to announce his pick for HHS secretary next week. 

David Kessler, MD, another co-chair of the COVID-19 advisory board, may be chosen to lead the Food and Drug Administration, sources told Bloomberg. President-elect Biden reportedly is also considering Joshua Sharfstein, MD, a former FDA official, for the role. 

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