David A. Kessler

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David A. Kessler
Head of Operation Warp Speed
In office
January 20, 2021 – February 24, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byMoncef Slaoui
Succeeded byGustave F. Perna (Chief Operating Officer of COVID-19 Response for Vaccine and Therapeutics)
Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board
In office
November 9, 2020 – January 20, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
17th Commissioner of Food and Drugs
In office
November 8, 1990 – February 28, 1997
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byFrank Young
Succeeded byJane E. Henney
Personal details
David Aaron Kessler

(1951-05-13) May 13, 1951 (age 71)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationAmherst College (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)
Harvard University (MD)

David Aaron Kessler (born May 13, 1951) is an American pediatrician, lawyer, author, and administrator (both academic and governmental). He was the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from November 8, 1990 to February 28, 1997.[1]

On November 9, 2020, Kessler was announced as one of the three co-chairs of Joe Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board, alongside former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Yale public health professor Marcella Nunez-Smith in his administration.[2]

He was the head of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. government program to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines and other treatment, from January to February 2021.[3][4]

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  1. "David A. Kessler, MD". BIO (Annual International Convention) 2004 Newsroom. 2004-06-14. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  2. Feuer, Will (2020-11-07). "President-elect Joe Biden announces Covid task force". CNBC (article updated: 12:50 UCT 2020-11-09 ed.). Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  3. Mucha, Sarah (November 9, 2020). "Biden transition team announces coronavirus advisers, including whistleblower Rick Bright". CNN. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. Kaplan, Sheila (January 15, 2021). "Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2021.

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