President Joe Biden plans to name Dr. Mandy Cohen — a former North Carolina health secretary who steered her state through the tumultuous first two years of the coronavirus pandemic — as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to two people familiar with the selection process. The selection of Dr. Cohen, which was first reported by The Washington Post, is not final. If chosen by Mr. Biden, Dr. Cohen, an internist, would replace Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, an infectious disease expert who announced last month that she would step down at the end of June.
— The New York Times
Quote: [North Carolina] Gov. Roy Cooper issued the following statement in response to the Washington Post report: ‘Mandy Cohen used a steady hand to help my administration lead North Carolina through the pandemic to be among the states with the lowest deaths and job losses per capita. She is a brilliant, talented and battle-tested leader who would be a fantastic CDC Director.’ ”
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