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Yale Professor to Co-Chair President-Elect Biden's COVID-19 Task Force

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A Yale University professor will co-chair President-elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 task force, according to NBC News.

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will be one of three task force co-chairs.

She is an associate professor of medicine at Yale University. She will help advise President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“It’s always exciting to see someone you know get a leadership position, someone you know and respect and have looked up to for a long time," said Rachel Osborn, a residency program director at Yale New Haven Hospital She is a powerhouse of science and it’s wonderful to see that coming back to the forefront of the conversation of this pandemic.”

“I think it’s also just really amazing to see a person of color and a woman of color elevated to this position at this time in history is also something I think is really empowering for a lot of folks who are Yale and around the country,” Osborn added.

Former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler will also be co-chairs of the task force, according to NBC News.

“She’s always been involved in public health and kind of health disparities research and global health. So she’s really just been a fixture in the medical school,” Dr. Danilo Rojas, a former student of Nunez-Smith's, said.

Biden said the advisory board will help shape his approach to managing the surge in COVID-19 infections as well as ensure vaccines are safe, effective and distributed efficiently, equitably and free.

“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” President-elect Biden said in part in a statement.

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