Biden picks ex-FDA chief Robert Califf to again lead agency

Robert Califf

PHOTO: Dr. Robert Califf, American cardiologist and a former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Photo Date: 5/31/2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is nominating former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to again lead the powerful regulatory agency.

Califf served as FDA commissioner for the last 11 months of President Barack Obama’s second term. Before that, Califf spent more than 35 years as a prominent researcher at Duke University.

The FDA oversees COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and tests along with thousands of other medicines and consumer goods. Califf’s nomination comes after months of concern that the FDA has lacked a permanent leader.

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