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Biden picks Calif. AG to be first Latino health secretary

If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Posted: Dec 6, 2020 4:04 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2020 12:38 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response.

If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

It is a $1-trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading-edge medical research, and health insurance programs covering more than 130 million Americans.

(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press)

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