Denis McDonough, who was confirmed on Monday as secretary of Veterans Affairs, said he’s been directed by President Biden “to focus on getting our veterans through this pandemic.”

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee, testifies during his Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SARAH SILBIGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)