Leading Researcher of AIDS Named as Director of CDC

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A leading researcher of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has been chosen to run the leading public health agency of the government.

The selection of Dr Robert Redfield Jr. was announced by Federal health officials on Wednesday. Redfield Jr. will be proclaimed as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which is based in Atlanta.

The professor from the University of Maryland is 66 years of age. He has been a leading researcher of AIDS since the epidemic emerged during the 1980s. He was also commended for his most recent work regarding the crisis on opioids.

However, Redfield has also been criticised by many for his endorsement of the mandatory testing of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) on health care workers and soldiers across the nation, and for supporting the segregation of the soldiers who were found to be infected with the said virus.

Redfield has also been the focus of an inquiry that was performed during the early 1990s regarding an over-hyped experimental vaccine against AIDS. The said investigation discovered that there was no evidence of scientific misconduct. However, the inquiry criticised the doctor because of his faulty analysis of the study data. The said AIDS vaccine failed ultimately.