President Obama to appoint Ron Klain as Ebola czar: Source

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to appoint Ron Klain to head the country's response to Ebola, a White House official told CNBC.

The move comes as the U.S. works to coordinate multi-state efforts to prevent further spread of the deadly disease.

Klain, who is not a medical doctor, has previously served as chief of staff to both Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore.

"I don't know exactly what is meant by a czar, but we will certainly follow the lead of the president, and follow the lead of [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Sylvia] Burwell," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of infectious disease efforts at the National Institute of Health, said at a media conference soon after the Friday announcement.

Ron Klain is shown in this Dec. 9, 2000 photo in Tallahassee, Fla.
Getty Images
Ron Klain is shown in this Dec. 9, 2000 photo in Tallahassee, Fla.