Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.
The former Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong was sworn into office on Monday to serve as ambassador-at-large and coordinator of United States government activities to combat HIV/AIDS globally. Dr. Nkengasong, who was born in Cameroon, is the first person of African origin to hold the position. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 5, 2022.
“Was humbling to take the oath of office today as Ambassador at large for the U.S Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator. @PEPFAR has been a game changer in the fight against HIV/AIDS. With the power of partnerships, we can end AIDS by 2030 as a public health threat!,” Nkengasong, tweeted.
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. nominated Nkengasong for the position last September while he was still serving as the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, a specialized technical institution of the African Union headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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