Pediatrician Rachel Levine, May 29, 2020 -

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It's a first.

US President-elect Joe Biden announced on Tuesday he was appointing transgender pediatrician Rachel Levine as deputy health minister.

The Democrat was also the first US president-elect to include transgender people in his thanks, during his victory speech in November.

A "historic choice"

Tuesday, Joe Biden highlighted the "historic choice" of Rachel Levine, currently director of health in the state of Pennsylvania.

She "will bring the strong leadership and crucial expertise we need to guide people through this pandemic, no matter where they are from, their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability", a- he added.

The one who will become the 46th President of the United States this Wednesday has chosen the Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, as Minister of Health.

He will therefore be supported by the university professor in pediatrics and psychiatry, Rachel Levine who "is on the verge of being the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate," said Joe Biden's team.

Rachel Levine previously notably co-headed the pediatrics department at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and was responsible for its division on adolescent medicine.


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