President Biden has yet to nominate a commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. The New York Times reports that one of two apparent front-runners for the job is Joshua Sharfstein, who was deputy commissioner during the Obama administration. I know Sharfstein from college and, while he's certainly to the left of me, he'd be a fabulous FDA commissioner—bright, thoughtful, independent-minded, public-spirited, caring, and an excellent communicator. Biden would be lucky to have him in the administration. Just reading about the possibility that he would end up as FDA commissioner made me feel like we moved that much closer to getting Covid-19 in the rear-view mirror. If Biden does choose Sharfstein, he deserves rapid Senate confirmation.
Sharfstein to FDA?