Biden selects Rochelle Walensky to lead CDC
President-elect Joe Biden has selected Rochelle Walensky, the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Walensky, who is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will be tasked with rebuilding a critical health agency that has been sidelined by the Trump administration amid a pandemic.
Walensky will replace Robert Redfield, who assumed the role of director in March 2018, and take a top role in helping the Biden administration curtail the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, the CDC recommended for the first time that people wear masks at all times when they’re not home. That guidance echoes Biden’s call for a nationwide mask mandate, which numerous Republican governors have rejected.