Washington: Indian-American health policy expert Vidur Sharma has been appointed as testing advisor in Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Response Team, on Friday, as the US President-elect laid out his ambitious goal to Vaccinate 100 Million Americans across the country to tackle the spread of the deadly pandemic, in his first 100 days in office.
The announcement of Sharma’s appointment was made by Biden along with additional members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team. To note, Sharma has, earlier too, served as a health policy advisor in Obama’s Domestic Policy Council.
During his tenure as a health policy advisor, Sharma supported the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, aligned Federal Department and Agencies, and collaborated with community stakeholders to further the administration’s health policy agenda.
He also served as Deputy Research Director (DRD) with ‘Protect Our Care’, a coalition of advocacy organisations dedicated to preventing the repeal of the ACA. Since then, Sharma has advised health sector organisations on value-based care arrangements at PwC Strategy.
Born to Indian immigrants, in Wisconsin and raised in Minnesota, Vidur Sharma, is a graduate of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Saint Louis University.
Among other appointments announced on Friday were Amy Chang, Policy Advisor; Abbe Gluck, Special Counsel; David Kessler, Chief Science Officer of COVID Response; Rosa Po, COVID Response Team Deputy Chief of Staff; Andy Slavitt, Senior Advisor to the COVID Response Coordinator; Ben Wakana, Deputy Director of Strategic Communications & Engagement; and B. Cameron Webb, Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity.
The Transition said that the appointees will help to effectively carryout implementation and execution of Biden’s strategy to effectively and equitably vaccinate as many people as possible, while also increasing testing and taking other important measures that will be key to changing the course of the pandemic.