Tags: Ebola Outbreak | ebola | czar | ron klain | leave | post

'Ebola Czar' Ron Klain Will Leave Job Feb. 15

By    |   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 10:32 PM

The Obama administration's "Ebola czar" will leave his post on Feb. 15, although he said there is still work to do at eradicating the deadly threat posed by the disease.

Ron Klain was appointed by President Barack Obama to spearhead the U.S. government's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in October. As a special government employee, he was required to leave his position within 130 days.

Klain's last day on the job will be the day after Valentine's Day, CBS News reports.

In December, it was reported that Klain would return to the private sector by March. The 53-year-old will reportedly work with former AOL chief Steve Case at Case Holdings as president and general counsel for its venture-capital operation, Revolution LLC.

Klain appeared on the CBS show "Face the Nation" in December, saying the Ebola fight is far from over.

"This won't be done 'til we get all the way to zero," Klain said. "It's like a forest fire. A few embers burning, and the thing can reignite at any time."

Klain has a long history in politics, working for both of Bill Clinton's presidential campaigns and Al Gore's 2000 campaign. Most notably, Klain served as Vice President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff from 2009-2011.

His appointment as Ebola response coordinator was controversial, as he had no prior experience in medicine or public health.

In its most recent Ebola update this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said the "epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic."

Last week, 99 new cases of Ebola were reported in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. That's the first time there were less than 100 in one week since last June, according to the WHO figures.

The WHO numbers show there have been 22,092 Ebola cases, 8,810 of those ending in deaths. Sierra Leona is the worst hit country with 10,518 cases (3,199 deaths). Liberia has less overall cases (8,622) but more deaths (3,686). Guinea has seen 2,917 cases and 1,910 deaths.

The United States has seen four confirmed cases and one death.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
US
The Obama administration's "Ebola czar" will leave his post on Feb. 15, although he said there is still work to do at eradicating the deadly threat posed by the disease.
ebola, czar, ron klain, leave, post
358
2015-32-29
Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 10:32 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved