The job crunch hits the White House as Biden searches for a new pandemic czar


President Joe Biden has a vision for the next stage of his administration’s pandemic response — if only he can find someone to lead it.

A week before Biden is set to declare an end to the nation’s public health emergency and dissolve his current Covid team, the White House still hasn’t found a director to run the new office charged with keeping up the fight, four people with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.

The fledgling Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response was intended to serve as a permanent command center for federal efforts to keep Covid under control, coordinate pandemic work across the government and guard against future public health threats.