Ex-Covid coordinator Zients appears to be Biden’s new chief of staff

Jeff Zients

Zients served as the White House Covid coordinator from early 2021 to April 2022.

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Washington According to an insider, US President Joe Biden is about to appoint a new chief of staff. Former coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients is set to take over the post soon, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Zients would thus play a key role in Biden’s likely preparation for re-election.

Biden is expected to announce next month that he will run again in 2024. Biden is also facing an investigation into his handling of classified documents. The chief of staff is one of the most important people in the White House. Among other things, he drives the political agenda of the President.

Earlier on Sunday, it had already been said that the previous chief of staff, Ron Klain, wanted to give up his post and had already informed Biden about it. The New York Times reported that Klain appeared to be leaving after the President’s Feb. 7 State of the Union address.

Zients has spent much of his professional life in the private sector. He was the White House Covid coordinator from early 2021 to April 2022. He had been praised for overseeing and implementing Biden’s vaccination campaign. However, there was criticism that the government did not increase test capacities early enough. Under Obama, Zients was an economic adviser in the government.

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