The selection ends the administration’s lengthy search for a permanent FDA commissioner.
Robert Califf speaks at a news conference. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo
By ADAM CANCRYN, DAVID LIM, ALEX THOMPSON and SARAH OWERMOHLE
11/12/2021 08:50 AM EST
Updated: 11/12/2021 02:37 PM EST
President Joe Biden on Friday nominated former Commissioner Robert Califf to lead the Food and Drug Administration, in a move that would bring the Obama-era official back for a second tour atop the agency.
The selection would end the administration’s lengthy search for a permanent FDA commissioner and comes as the agency weighs a series of decisions that will determine the direction of Biden’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
If confirmed by the Senate, Califf would also play a key role in charting the government’s wider pharmaceutical and tobacco policy ambitions — as well as managing growing scrutiny of the FDA’s drug approval process.