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HHS Secretary-designate Xavier Becerra in first interview in Spanish urges Latino communities to get COVID-19 vaccine Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Xavier Becerra, in his first interview with Univision and Telemundo in Spanish urged Latino communities on Wednesday to take advantage of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them.

He emphasized the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to ensuring the pandemic response reaches the people who need it most.

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Secretary-designate Becerra also stressed the importance to remain vigilant with everyone masking up, staying socially distanced, and avoiding large gatherings.

HHS Secretary-designate Xavier Becerra's first interviews in Spanish urges Latino to get COVID-19 vaccine

“The majority of essential workers are workers of color and immigrant workers and it’s important for all of us to know that we have to take care of our families,” Becerra said on Univision’s Despierta America. “This is the time to take the necessary precautions and we hope to convince the public to take the vaccine when it’s their turn, please participate.”

On Telemundo’s Al Rojo Vivo, Becerra said As president, “Joe Biden will provide the public the confidence that we are going to combat and beat COVID-19 and reassurance that we will do it by being fully transparent with the American people.” 

If confirmed, Becerra will be the first Latino to lead HHS. He has spent his career fighting to protect underserved communities and expand access to quality, affordable health care.

Becerra will be on the frontlines of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to ensure every person, including the most vulnerable, trusts the federal government’s pandemic response and the COVID-19 vaccine. Coming from a state as diverse as California and as a former representative of a majority Latino congressional district, Becerra is uniquely suited to broaden our outreach and provide updates to Spanish-speaking audiences. 

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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