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Dr. Deborah Birx says she plans to retire after helping Biden

The White House coronavirus task force coordinator says she will retire after helping the Biden adminstration.

Dr. Deborah Birx, President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus adviser, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol Complex, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va.
Dr. Deborah Birx, President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus adviser, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol Complex, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va.
John Raby, Associated Press

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, recently said that she plans to retire after she helps the Biden administration prepare for handling COVID-19.

What’s going on?

Birx said in an interview with Newsy that she will retire after she helps the Biden administration.

  • “I want the Biden administration to be successful.”
  • “I will be helpful in any role that people think I can be helpful in and then I will retire.”
  • “I will have to say, as a civil servant, I will be helpful through a period of time, and then I will have to say, this experience has been a bit overwhelming. It has been very difficult on my family … I think what was done over the last week to my family.”

Recent Birx controversy

Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, recently fell under fire after she traveled on vacation during Thanksgiving, despite warning Americans not to do so, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

Birx reportedly traveled to a vacation property in Delaware with three generations of her family — which came from two different households — even though Birx and other officials wanted Americans to keep holiday events limited.

  • “I did not go to Delaware for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving,” Birx said in a statement to The Associated Press.
  • She said she visited to handle the winterization of property and her family shared a meal with her there.