Story at a glance
- On Wednesday Surgeon General Jerome Adams offered his resignation.
- In his place, Biden nominated Vivek H. Murthy, the surgeon general under former President Barack Obama.
Before he was sworn in, President Biden requested that former President Trump’s Surgeon General Jerome Adams offer his resignation.
Earlier on Wednesday, Adams complied, issuing a statement on his official Facebook page.
I've been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General. Its been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health. See my full statement at: https://t.co/pCkbpealt8— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) January 20, 2021
“I hope in 2021 and beyond, we can focus more on what unites us, and rise above what divides us. Because Americans working together can overcome any obstacle or adversary,” Adams concludes. “I stand at the ready to help in our mutual quest for recovery, resilience, and health, and thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the opportunity to serve.”
The Washington Post reported that the request serves as a symbolic gesture of formally parting with Trump’s COVID-19 policies.
In his place, Biden nominated Vivek H. Murthy, the surgeon general under former President Obama. Murthy currently awaits Senate confirmation.