Eminent HIV doctor to lead vaccine equity efforts at CDC

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A top HIV/AIDS doctor and gay activist has been named to a new position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overseeing vaccine equity efforts, according to a person familiar with the move and an internal memo, underscoring the agency’s efforts to address racial and other disparities threatening the nation’s immunization effort.

Demetre Daskalakis, who had been director of the CDC’s division on HIV/AIDS prevention, will become Senior Vaccine Equity Lead, according to the memo. He will report directly to Rochelle Walensky, the new director of the CDC.



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