BREAKING NEWS: New Global AIDS Ambassador at Large is first woman to hold the post
The Senate this evening confirmed the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx, filling the post to lead the world’s largest health program with a career physician researcher who has headed two previous international AIDS programs. Dr. Deborah Birx comes to the post from CDC’s Global AIDS Program and previously led the United States Military HIV Research Program.
Widely praised by global health advocates, Dr. Birx led efforts to introduce PEPFAR-sponsored rollout of life-saving medicines to the sites in Africa where the Military HIV Research Program worked, and spearheaded the launch of the first clinical research trials to show proof of concept that an HIV-preventing vaccine was possible.
The post of United States AIDS Coordinator has been vacant since Ambassador Eric Goosby stepped down Nov. 1. Goosby won Senate confirmation June 22, 2009 and took office after being sworn in Sept. 18, 2009.