Vivek Murthy, the Yorkshire-born doctor, got selected for the role of the top doctor of the United States of America. He had been nominated by the president of the country, Joe Biden. He got selected on the floor of the US Senate. The appointment took place this Tuesday. The official name of the post is the Surgeon General.
Vivek Murthy On His Duties
During the testimony of the Senate that took place in the month of February, Vivek Murthy gave a statement with regard to his responsibilities in case he gets selected to the post. He made promises when it came to tackling the situation of coronavirus in the country. the subject of the coronavirus pandemic is of grave importance to the doctor, both generally and personally.
On a personal level, he has been a victim of the virus after having lost a number of family members to it. The 43-year-old Vivek Murthy acknowledged the situation at hand, in the testimony. He stated to the lawmakers that over a million citizens of the country fell victim to the lethal virus.
The newly appointed Surgeon General made it through the different committees of the US Senate through unanimous votes last week. The total number of votes involved was 16-6. The committees included that of labor, education, and health.
Vivek Murthy, being a surgeon general, will be carrying out a bunch of critical roles including having a major influence on the message that will be stated to the public with regard to the virus. The total number of infected people in the country is over 29.8 million. The total number of deaths caused by the coronavirus has crossed 543,000.
Murthy is not new to the post. He served under the same post during the administration of the then president, Barack Obama.