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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.