Health Care

President Joe Biden spoke Friday with Robert Califf, in the clearest sign yet he’s poised to nominate Califf to run the Food and Drug Administration.

Robert Califf testifies before the Senate HELP Committee on Nov. 17, 2015, in Washington, D.C. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

By ADAM CANCRYN and DAVID LIM

10/22/2021 04:54 PM EDT

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President Joe Biden met privately on Friday with Robert Califf, in the clearest sign yet that he’s preparing to nominate the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner to a return to the agency’s top job, two people with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.

The meeting comes after Califf emerged in recent weeks as a leading candidate to run the FDA, and amid a drawn-out search for Biden’s first permanent commissioner.

Neither the White House nor Califf has responded to requests for comment.

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