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President Obama to appoint Ron Klain as Ebola czar: Source

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Obama to appoint Ebola czar

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.
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