President-elect of the United States of America, Joe Biden has appointed Dr. Rachel Levine as the assistant US health secretary.
This appointment is seen as a historic one as Levine would become the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.
The appointment of Pennsylvania’s top health official as assistant health secretary during the COVID-19 pandemic continues Biden’s pattern of selecting a historically diverse slate of leaders for senior administration roles.
Levine is to serve under Biden’s nominee to lead the US Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra.
Biden in a statement said, Levine “will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.”