By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of the most prominent faces in the fight against COVID-19 in Philadelphia is getting a new job with the federal government.

President Joe Biden appointed Dr. Ala Stanford on Tuesday as a regional director for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Stanford will be in charge of the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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Stanford founded the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium and has been a driving force behind COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

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She had to give up her role with the Consortium to take on the new position.