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Surgeon General Jerome Adams asked to step down by Biden administration

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 16:16:46-05

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said President Joe Biden's team has asked him to step down from his position.

"It's been the honor of my life to serve this Nation, and I will do all I can to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve and maintain health," he said in a tweet.

Adams, the former commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, was confirmed as the 20th U.S. Surgeon General the President Donald Trump's administration.

"During my tenure I have visited with people from all across America. And despite all that you may read on social media or see on tv, I can assure you that from Alaska to Alabama, from Maine to Montana, and from California to the Carolinas, Americans mostly want the same thing," Adams said in a statement. "They want a fair shot at being their best and healthiest self, and to be able to support the health and well being of their families."

Biden's team announced its nominee for the role, Vivek Murthy, in early December.

You can read his full statement below: