Mandy Cohen, MD, has been selected by the Biden Administration to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as its next director. Cohen, who lead North Carolina’s response to COVID-19, will take the helm in early July, according to the White House. She is succeeding the current director, Rochelle Walensky.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new initiative to modernize its public health data infrastructure. The Initiative, announced today, February 27th, will be a cooperative public-private effort led by the agency, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the CDC Foundation, an independent non-profit started by Congress.
On Monday, August 23rd, Anthony Fauci announced his plans to step down from his roles in the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Biden Administration. Fauci had served as the director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for 38 years, and had spent over 50 working for the US government in total. However, this move is not the end of his career, he maintains.
CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, has announced that the agency will undergo restructuring changes that are, in part, due to the agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the changes, the director will be reported to directly the Division of Laboratory Sciences and the Office of Science to ensure accountability. In addition, the agency will form a new executive council and equity office.