CORONAVIRUS/HHS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House announced Thursday [2-27-20] that they had named a coronavirus ‘coordinator’ to lead response to the health crisis. Ambassador Debbie Birx, who serves as the U.S. government’s leader for combatting HIV/AIDS globally, will report to Vice President Mike Pence, the administration’s point person for the response. She will also join the White House’s coronavirus task force led by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday defended his actions as governor of Indiana during an HIV outbreak, having faced scrutiny for his handling of epidemics after being named President Donald Trump’s coronavirus chief.”

-Politico Staff, “U.S. stocks plummet and health experts warn against Trump’s claims: The latest on coronavirus,” Politico, February 27, 2020 6:53 pm