HUD Secretary Ben Carson as well as FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn have been added to the White House coronavirus task force.
Ben Carson worked as a brain surgeon and was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.
TheHill reports Vice President Mike Pence’s office also announced that Kevin Droegmeier, who heads the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, will work with the task force.
Both Carson and Hahn worked in the medical field prior to joining the federal government. Carson worked as a brain surgeon, while Hahn’s background is in oncology. Droegmeier’s expertise is in meteorology.
The announcement of additional members of the White House task force comes as the administration seeks to reassure the American public of its preparedness, even as new coronavirus cases are being reported across the country.
President Trump last week tasked Pence with leading the government response to coronavirus, a move that drew Democratic criticism due to the vice president’s lack of medical expertise.
Pence has since named Deborah Birx, a career health official and State Department appointee focused on HIV/AIDS, to coordinate the White House response. He has also added six new members to the task force, including the three announced Sunday.
The task force met on Saturday, and Carson could be seen in a photo of the gathering.