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Advocacy Groups Welcome Birx Confirmation To Head U.S. Government’s AIDS Efforts

“Advocates began lauding the long-awaited confirmation of Dr. Deborah Birx as the new global AIDS ambassador yesterday as soon as the Senate finished unanimously voting for the former head of the CDC’s Global AIDS Program to take over former Ambassador Eric Goosby’s position as the head of PEPFAR,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports and includes comments from Ken Mayer, co-chair of the Center for Global Health Policy’s Scientific Advisory Committee; AVAC; and Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Aziz, 4/3). UNAIDS “congratulates Dr. Deborah Birx on her confirmation as Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, leading the U.S. Government’s international HIV efforts,” according to a statement from the organization (4/3).