U.S. Names ‘Ebola Czar’
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday named a former White House official as Ebola “czar” to coordinate U.S. efforts to fight the virus.
The White House said Ron Klain, a former top aide to two vice presidents, will take the role. Obama had mentioned the possibility of an Ebola czar on Thursday, when he authorized additional military forces to help with containment efforts in West Africa.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that U.S. health officials Friday said they have requested plans for producing the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp from three advanced biology laboratories.
The experimental anti-viral medication was given to a handful of medical workers after they contracted the Ebola virus but supplies of the drug have since run out.