President-Elect of the United States, Joe Biden, has named Osaremen Okolo, a Nigerian-American, as his COVID-19 policy advisor.
Okolo was among 100 names announced as additional members of the White House staff by the Biden transition team on Wednesday.
According to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the COVID-19 Response Team will “work to quickly implement a comprehensive, whole-of-government COVID-19 response strategy to contain the pandemic, restore public trust, and protect all Americans”.
Biden, who takes office on January 20, had also named Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo as the Deputy Treasury Secretary in November.
Okolo, born in the US to Nigerian parents from Edo State, graduated with honours from Harvard University in 2017 with degrees in medicine and African-American studies.
Okolo served on the Biden-Harris Transition domestic team before her new appointment. “Prior to joining the transition, Okolo served as Senior Health Policy Advisor to US Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. Okolo drafted, negotiated, and managed the Congresswoman’s legislation, oversight, and policy across a comprehensive health care and public health agenda, most recently focusing almost exclusively on the COVID-19 pandemic,” the transition team said in a statement. She has also worked as a legislative aide for health policy at the United States Senate.