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HIV/AIDS expert expected as Trump’s next pick to head CDC: report

HIV/AIDS expert expected as Trump’s next pick to head CDC: report
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Robert Redfield, an HIV/AIDS expert at the University of Maryland Medical Center, is seen as the White House’s favored candidate to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to Politico.

The Trump administration is currently vetting Redfield. He is seen as the top choice to replace former CDC Director Brenda FitzgeraldBrenda FitzgeraldOvernight Health Care: Trump officials create new mandate exemptions | Insurance official warns of premium spikes | Dem questions hiring of drug pricing official CDC director: US could end AIDS epidemic in three to seven years Overnight Health Care: What to expect in omnibus | HIV expert to head CDC | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases MORE, who resigned earlier this year after it was discovered that she had traded tobacco stocks while running the CDC.

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The White House’s choice to head the public health agency is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, Politico reported.

The agency is reportedly conducting a careful vetting of Redfield after Fitzgerald's financial conflicts forced her to recuse herself from a number of the CDC’s primary issues.

Redfield co-founded the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland and served on former President George W. Bush’s advisory council on HIV/AIDS.