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.

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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.

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