Indian-American physician Vivek Murthy has been confirmed by the Senate as President Joe Biden’s surgeon general, a role in which his top priority would be responding to the coronavirus pandemic that has severely hit the country. Dr Murthy, 43, would occupy the position of America’s Surgeon General for the second time.
In 2011, president Barack Obama tapped him to serve on the advisory group on prevention, health promotion, and integrative and public health. “I’m deeply grateful to be confirmed by the Senate to serve once again as your Surgeon General. We’ve endured great hardship as a nation over the past year, and I look forward to working with you to help our nation heal and create a better future for our children”, Murthy said on Tuesday soon after the Senate confirmed his nomination by 57-43 votes. In 2013, Obama nominated Dr. Murthy to be the surgeon general. He was the youngest ever to hold the office at the age of 37. However, he had to abruptly leave the position during the Trump administration.
As US Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy will advise President Biden on the coronavirus pandemic and will be the federal government’s leading voice on public health. Seven senators from the opposition Republican Party voted in support of Dr Murthy. He was an adviser to the Biden campaign and transition.