Was Jeff Zients a Successful White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator?

Anthony LaMesa
7 min readJan 30, 2023

On vaccines, testing, and travel, Zients made some big mistakes.

President Biden has tapped management consultant and multi-millionaire Jeff Zients as his next chief of staff. According to CNN, “Biden was impressed with his job as the coronavirus response coordinator” and that played a major role in his selection. Praise for Zients’ work in that role is confusing, though, because his tenure was marked by multiple failures. These failures — on vaccines, testing, and…

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