Obama to appoint Ebola ‘czar’ charged with coordinating fight against epidemic
U.S. President Barack Obama. (Reuters/Larry Downing)
US President Barack Obama is set to appoint Ron Klain as the Ebola “czar” charged with coordinating government efforts in fight against the spread of the virus in the United States, CNN reports.
The news comes less than 24 hours after the president met with the country’s top health officials. Following the meeting, he told reporters that it might be appropriate to appoint an additional person to coordinate the response to Ebola in the United States.
“It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s going forward,” Obama said.
Klain is the president of Case Holdings, the holding company for the business and philanthropic interests of former AOL chairman Steve Case, and general counsel at Revolution LLC, a Washington, DC-based investment firm. He previously served as the chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, as well as for former Vice President Al Gore. He left the Obama administration in January 2011.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (R) talks to Ron Klain (L). (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
The White House considers Klain to be a good manager from his time overseeing the allocation of funds in the stimulus act, according to CNN. He does not have any extensive background in dealing with health care, but the administration views the Ebola czar as a managerial position.
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