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Joe Biden re-elects General Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon

Washington: US President-Elect Joe Biden has chosen retired General Lloyd Austin, former commander of the US Central Command, to command the Pentagon, according to media reports.
Austin, a retired four-star general of the US Army, would be the first black person to head the Department of Defense, if confirmed by the Senate, the Xinhua news agency quoted a Politico news report on Monday.
A formal announcement is expected soon as the presidential-election transition team previously stated that additional nominations from the new cabinet, including the post of defense minister, would be made before Christmas.
On Monday, too, Biden announced some nominations and appointments to his health team.
In a statement on Monday, the president-elect said he was nominating California Attorney General Javier Becerra as secretary of Health and Human Services.
If confirmed, Becerra, a former US congressman from California, would be the first Latina to head the Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing the delivery of Kovid-19 vaccines in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Indian-American Vivek Murthy has been tapped to serve as the American Surgeon General, a research scientist held between 2014 and 2017, and Rochelle Wallensky, head of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at Harvard Medical School A professor of medicine will lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The president-elect also said he has appointed Marcella Nunez-Smith, an expert on health care disparities, to serve as the Kovid-19 Equity Task Force Chair, while naming Jeff Zimes, former director of the National Economic Council , Who is the coordinator of Kovid. -19 response and a presidential consultant.
Anthony Fauci, America’s top expert on infectious diseases and advisor to six US presidents, will serve as chief medical advisor to Kovid-19 on Biden and will continue his role as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
According to US media estimates, in the November 3 presidential election, Biden garnered 306 electoral votes, while crossing the 270-vote mark to secure the presidency.
Biden announced the victory and the first installment of his cabinet nominees, including officials for national security and foreign policy.
The General Services Administration has initiated Biden’s formal change in the White House, but despite President Donald Trump directing his administration to facilitate the process, has vowed to continue the legal battle to challenge the election results .

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