Jennifer Margaret Harries public health physician who has been the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency and head of NHS Test and Trace since April 2021. She was previously a regional director at Public Health England, and then Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England from June 2019 to April 2021.is a British
Dr Jenny Harries
|Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency|
Head of NHS Test and Trace
|Assumed office |
1 April 2021
|Prime Minister||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||Dido Harding (Acting)|
|Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England|
7 June 2019 – 31 March 2021
|Preceded by||Gina Radford|
|Alma mater||University of Birmingham|
|Profession||Public health physician|
Early life and educationEdit
Harries was Regional Director for the South of England for Public Health England from February 2013 before being appointed Deputy Chief Medical officer for England in June 2019. The appointment of a new Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty was announced simultaneously.
Harries is appearing at some of the daily press conferences held by the UK government to provide updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. She contributes medical information and answers questions from the press, however some of her statements, including suggesting that those receiving fake virus-tracing phone calls could identify them from the tone of the conversation, have met with controversy and there have been calls on her to resign.
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