Biden backs ‘Ebola Czar’ for top job in new White House ...


Biden backs ‘Ebola Czar’ for top job in new White House administration

President-elect turns to longtime confidant Klain to bring virus-fighting expertise to chief of staff role

Trevor Hunnicutt and James Oliphant

Ron Klain was once tapped by Democratic President Barack Obama to safeguard the US from the threat of a lethal virus. As President-elect Joe Biden’s chief of staff, he will take on a similar mission.

In 2014, Obama named Klain to serve as the “Ebola Czar” after an outbreak in West Africa that ended up killing thousands around the globe. All in all, 11 people were treated in the US for the virus and two died.

Biden has made combating the resurgent coronavirus, which has killed more than 239,000 people in the US, his priority as he looks to take office in January. He tapped Klain as his chief of staff this week , and the longtime adviser is expected to assume a leading role in crafting a Covid-19 action plan...

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