Biden picks Jeff Zients to be new White House Chief of Staff

In this file photo taken on December 08, 2020, Jeff Zients, named to serve as coordinator of the Covid-19 response and counselor to President-elect Joe Biden, speaks after Biden announced his team tasked with dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, in Wilmington, Delaware. (File photo: AFP)

U.S. President Joe Biden picked former COVID-19 policy coordinator Jeff Zients to be the next chief of staff, said the White House in a statement on Friday.