Former HHS Head Sebelius Says Delay In Becerra Confirmation Slows Agency Leader Appointments
Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says not having health leadership in place is exacerbating the COVID-19 crisis and even increasing deaths.
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The White House will be spending $86m to provide tens of millions of coronavirus masks to poorer American households.