US President, Joe Biden, announced his intent to nominate the current head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. John Nkengasong, to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The nomination will require confirmation by the US Senate.
PEPFAR is the US program to address HIV/AIDS globally, which receives around US$7.0 billion annually. Since its inception in 2003, the US has invested over US$85 billion to fight HIV/AIDS with the program.
Dr. Nkengasong has decades of experience working with HIV/AIDS, including collaborating with the US Centers for Disease Control in Africa; his nomination was widely praised among experts.