WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will name Jeff Zients to serve as his next chief of staff, replacing Ron Klain, who is expected to leave in the coming weeks, an administration official and a person told NBC News. familiar with the matter.

Zients, who previously led the Biden administration’s response to Covid-19, left the administration briefly last April but returned in the fall, just before the midterm elections.

The news of the selection of Zients was first reported by the washington post.

Klain, who has held the top job for more than two years, is expected to leave the Biden administration after the president’s State of the Union address early next month, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

This is a developing story. Come back later for updates.