Ayesha Verrall has been appointed as the new Health Minister in New Zealand following the recent changes in the cabinet under Prime Minister Chris Hipkins.

She was previously an Associate Minister of Health and holds the portfolios of research, science and innovation.

Verrall, an infectious diseases expert, replaces Andrew Little who has been moved to the defence portfolio.

The COVID-19 response portfolio is no longer listed among the cabinet portfolios.

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