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Deborah Birx

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Deborah Birx
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator
In office
February 27, 2020 – January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byJeffrey Zients
United States Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
In office
January 2015[a] – January 20, 2021
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byEric Goosby
Leslie V. Rowe (acting)
Elizabeth Jordan (acting)
Succeeded byVacant
United States Global AIDS Coordinator
In office
April 4, 2014 – January 20, 2021
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
DeputyMark N. Brown
Angeli Achrekar
Preceded byEric Goosby
Succeeded byAngeli Achrekar (acting)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-04) April 4, 1956 (age 68)
Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s)Paige Reffe [1][2]
EducationHoughton College (BS)
Pennsylvania State University (MD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1980–1994 (reserve)
1994–2008 (active)
AwardsLegion of Merit

Deborah Leah Birx (born April 4, 1956) is an American physician and diplomat. She was the United States Global AIDS Coordinator for Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump from 2014 to 2021. She was best known as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States for Trump's presidency.[3][4]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Office originally separate from that of Global AIDS Coordinator until their merge into the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy in 2015.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Deborah Birx’s Husband Is Former Clinton ‘Advance Man’ Paige Reffe", heavy.com, Apr 3, 2020. Accessed April 26, 2020.
  2. Bass, Emily, "Can Deborah Birx Save Us?", Washington Post, March 26, 2020
  3. Pence, Mike (February 27, 2020). "Vice President Pence Announces Ambassador Debbie Birx to Serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator". The White House. Archived from the original on April 5, 2020. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  4. Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (March 6, 2020). "Top Coronavirus Official for U.S. Has Fought an Epidemic Before". The New York Times.