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Biden to name Jeff Zients as chief of staff, The Washington Post reports


White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients delivers remarks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will name as his chief of staff Jeff Zients, a former White House pandemic policy coordinator, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing four people familiar with the decision.

Ron Klain, Biden’s current chief of staff, plans to leave his post in the coming weeks, sources familiar with the matter have told Reuters.

Zients had served as the White House COVID coordinator from the start of the Biden administration in early 2021 through April of last year. He was credited with overseeing and implementing Biden’s efforts to get Americans vaccinated, but also faced criticism that the administration did not do enough early on to boost testing capacity.

Zients had served as an economic adviser to President Barack Obama’s administration, in which Biden served as vice president.

The White House had no immediate comment on the report that Zients was tipped for the job.

Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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