- New US president-elect, Joe Biden, has appointed a black woman, Marcella Nunez-Smith, as co-chair of a board on the coronavirus pandemic
- Nunez-Smith's expertise is an enviable one as she has headed different positions in the medical world
- An indigene of the Virgin Islands, she will be advising the Biden administration on how to better curb the outbreak
The new American president-elect, Joe Biden, is hitting the ground running as he just announced his new Covid-19 taskforce, which will strengthen the fight against the pandemic.
Biden chose a black woman, Marcella Nunez-Smith, also an associate professor of internal medicine, to co-chair the advisory board that will help in the proper management of the disease.
The president-elect said that the battle against coronavirus will be one of the great challenges his administration will be facing, adding that the board will help to “shape the approach”.
The black professor is from the Virgin Islands. It should be noted that before her appointment, she had been advising Biden’s campaign on the outbreak, Face to Face Africa reports.
Two other black people also made the board and they are Eric Goosby and Loyce Pace, both seasoned health professionals.
Nunez-Smith was the director of Yale’s Centre for Community and Health Equity and also the founding director of equity research and innovation, among other positions.
In a statement shared online, Obama wrote:
"I could not be prouder to congratulate our next President, Joe Biden, and our next First Lady, Jill Biden. I also couldn’t be prouder to congratulate Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff for Kamala’s groundbreaking election as our next Vice President.
"In this election, under circumstances never experienced, Americans turned out in numbers never seen. And once every vote is counted, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris will have won a historic and decisive victory."
"We’re fortunate that Joe’s got what it takes to be President and already carries himself that way. Because when he walks into the White House in January, he’ll face a series of extraordinary challenges no incoming President ever has – a raging pandemic, an unequal economy and justice system, a democracy at risk, and a climate in peril."
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