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: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic Top CDC official warns US not ready for next pandemic The hollowing out of the CDC MORE, who resigned earlier this year after it was discovered that she had traded tobacco stocks while running the CDC.
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.