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Former Biden and Gore Chief of Staff Ron Klain to be named U.S. Ebola czar

President Obama assures the public the White House is taking Ebola "very seriously at the highest levels, including me."

By Matt Bradwell
Former Biden and Gore Chief of Staff Ron Klain to be named U.S. Ebola czar
President Barack Obama addresses the media following a meeting with his team coordinating the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. on October 16, 2014. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Ron Klain, former chief of staff to both Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, will be appointed to oversee government efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola virus in the United States.

Klain left Biden's office in 2011 and went on to become president of investment group Case Holdings.

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After meeting with his Ebola response team Thursday, President Barack Obama said he is open to appointing an Ebola czar to oversee curtailing the disease's spread in the United States.

"It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person, not because [the CDC, Homeland Security and HHS] have not been doing an outstanding job," Obama told reporters.

"[Those agencies] are also responsible for a whole bunch of other stuff ... It may make sense for us to have one person after the initial surge of activity [who will] make sure we're crossing all the Ts and dotting all the Is."

Although he never used the term "Ebola czar," the president said he shares the public's concern and his administration is taking Ebola "very seriously at the highest levels, including me."

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"I understand that people are worried. This is a disease that is new to our shores."

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