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Who Is Dr. Deborah Birx? All About the Health Official Fighting Coronavirus

Deborah L. Birx, MD

Coronavirus has led cities across the nation to close their bars, restaurants, and schools. Governors are enforcing early evening curfews. And legendary TV hosts like Alex Trebek are hosting shows like Jeopardy! without a live audience. Meanwhile, Americans are turning to proactive ways to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Some basics? Wash your hands, practice social distancing, and keep a six-foot buffer between you and others.

These are all precautions suggested directly from the coronavirus task force led by Vice President Mike Pence and several of the country’s top officials and leading health experts. One woman who’s making regular appearances at White House press briefings is Dr. Deborah Birx, Pence’s self-proclaimed “right arm.”

A former physician in the United States Army, the Pennsylvania native has worked for more than 30 years in the global health sphere, researching vaccinations and immunology for HIV/AIDS, and still holding the position of Global AIDS Coordinator—a role she was appointed to in 2014 by President Barack Obama.

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