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President Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania health secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general Levine was appointed to her current post by the democratic governor Tom Wolf in 2017 making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed positions nationwide.

She passed confirmation by republican majority Pennsylvania Senate and has emerged as the public face of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Dr. Rachel will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic – no matter their caste, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability”, and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond that’s, a direct quote from the president Joe Biden, he also said that Dr. Rachel is historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.

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A graduate of Harvard and Tulane medical school Levine is president of the association of state and territorial health officials.

She’s written in the past of the opioids crisis medical marijuana adolescent medicine eating disorder and LGBTQ.

Biden and his transition team have been already begun negotiating with members of congress promoting speedy passage of the president’s 1.9 trillion dollar plan to bring the coronavirus which has killed nearly 400000 people in the United State under control it seeks to enlist federal emergency personnel to run mass vaccination centers and provide 100 immunization shorts in his administration’s first 100 days, while government spending stimulate the pandemic hammered economy.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

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