Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy to serve again as Surgeon General of US

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Published: December 9,2020 03:11 PM
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December 9, 2020: US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr Vivek Murthy as his Surgeon General.

December 9, 2020: US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr Vivek Murthy as his Surgeon General.



Biden said that the renowned Indian-American physician will be a key voice on his response to the coronavirus pandemic to restore public trust and faith in science and medicine.



Dr Vivek  Murthy, 43, served as Surgeon General of the United States during the Obama administration and had to leave abruptly when Donald Trump became the US President.



Biden said, "Dr. Murthy will be one of my most trusted public health and medical advisors, and I’m grateful for his continued public service,” Biden said on Tuesday as he announced Murthy’s nomination.  "A renowned physician and research scientist. A trusted national leader on health care, and for me, a trusted advisor during this campaign and transition. This will be his second time serving as America’s Doctor, having served in this role under President Obama. During his tenure, he took on some of the most pressing public health issues we face from the opioid crisis to threats to America’s mental health.”



Biden said he had asked Murthy to serve again as Surgeon General, but with expanded responsibilities. "He will be a key public voice on our COVID-19 response, to restore public trust and faith in science and medicine. But he will also be a key advisor to me and help lead an all-government approach to broader public health issues mental health, addiction and substance use disorders, social and environmental determinants of health, and so much more", he said.



"Above all, he will help restore faith in this country as a place of possibilities. A son of Indian immigrants, who raised their children to always believe in the promise of America," Biden said.



Dr Murthy was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the same capacity, holding the post as ’America’s Doctor’ between 2014 and 2017.