COVID-19: In Amb. Birx, the White House gets a scientist, physician, public health expert and global health realist as response coordinator

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If the criteria for the selection announced Wednesday night of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 seemed less than obvious to public health experts, another appointment announced today may bring a measure of reassurance. Mr. Pence faced criticism in his most prominent previous role in a […]

Frieden, Birx discuss the catastrophe, warning of Ebola in last year

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At this time last year, Ebola had been reported in West Africa for six months, and in Liberia and Sierra Leone the number of new cases was doubling every few weeks. In Nigeria, where a man sick with the virus had landed in the capital city three months earlier and sparked an outbreak culminating in 20 cases, the epidemic […]

IAS 2015: Confronting community realities together will beat AIDS, Amb. Birx says

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As usual, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has the numbers to prove it, in Uganda where she says willingness to change is turning daunting numbers downward, and Malawi, where relevant practices are making a difference VANCOUVER, Canada – “Ending the HIV epidemic as a public health threat” is the stated mission of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator […]

CROI 2015: Ambassador Birx talks about the tyranny of averages, actionable data, and “skeptical optimism”

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SEATTLE WASHINGTON – When Ambassador Deborah Birx comes to CROI, she’s returning to her roots, she told a hall full of scientists here today. She got her start in the science of tackling HIV, and as leader of the U.S. Military Research Program led efforts to find biomedical answers to the global pandemic. That work […]

Birx, Farmer: Global AIDS lessons can inform, equip hepatitis response

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WASHINGTON, DC — Health leaders who gathered Wednesday at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day agreed that recognition of the needless toll and continuing threat of that global, infectious and often deadly disease has been a long time coming. They also cited practical promise in the recent World Health Assembly Hepatitis Resolution that […]

Birx: PEPFAR will do more with less

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“We will deliver the right things, in the right places, at the right times,” said new Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx on Monday when outlining her broad vision for the third phase of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at a town hall hosted by Kaiser Family Foundation. With an increasingly limited budget, Birx […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on viral load testing, young women, South Africa, and the T word

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In Part 2 of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader, Ambassador Deborah Birx looked at impact, accountability and transparency in a sustainable response. When Dr. Deborah Birx was sworn in as the fourth leader of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in April, she confronted a unprecedentedly complex, and some said, […]

Ambassador Deborah Birx on Uganda, and why she doesn’t say “country ownership”

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Part I of a Science Speaks interview with PEPFAR’s new leader to be presented in two parts, looking at impact, accountability, transparency in a sustainable response Part I A week after  Ambassador Deborah Birx took office as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, she issued her first official statement, ” . . .on the Principles of PEPFAR’s […]

Ambassador Birx formally sworn in by Secretary Kerry at State Department event

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At the swearing in ceremony for Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator today at the State Department, Secretary John Kerry told the very personal story of Dr. Birx’s first brush with HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s. Ambassador Birx had lost a lot of blood as she was in labor with her daughter, […]

Ambassador Birx: “We will never waver” from sound public health, human rights principles

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First official statement also commits to “hand-in-hand” planned and agreed transitions of aid responsibility Sworn into office one day after Ugandan police action caused the suspension of work at a United States-funded HIV response program, new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx has issued her first official statement, affirming PEPFAR’s commitment to continuing its […]