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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

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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.

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