White House’s next Covid-19 Response Coordinator is an Indian-American

US President Joe Biden appointed Indian-American public health expert Dr. Ashish K Jha as the White House’s next Covid-19 Response Coordinator.


Born in Pursaulia, Bihar in 1970, Jha migrated to Canada with his parents nine years later and to the United States in 1983. He graduated from Columbia University with a BA in economics and later received his MD from Harvard Medical School.

Jha, a practicing physician, has been serving as the Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health since 2020.

Jha recently advised the White House on the national Covid-19 preparedness plan. It outlines how people can eventually begin resuming normal activities as Covid restrictions are gradually lifted.