Dr. Deborah Birx is a legend in the fight against HIV. Now she’s tackling COVID-19.
According to The Guardian: “Of the three people leading the US response to coronavirus only one, Dr. Deborah Birx, has previously been on the frontline against a mysterious virus which scientists couldn’t stop. It was the 1980s and Birx was fresh out of medical school. The virus was HIV. At the medical center where Birx worked as a US army physician, healthy young men were dying in droves from an illness no one could name.”
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Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., is the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Ambassador Birx is a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. As the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Birx oversees the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease in history, as well as all U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Serving as the U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, she aligns the U.S. Government’s diplomacy with foreign assistance programs that address global health challenges and accelerate progress toward: achieving an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats.