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Politics White House denies report it is mulling appointing a coronavirus 'czar'

19:26  26 february  2020
19:26  26 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday denied a report that it was considering appointing a coronavirus "czar" to coordinate the U.S. response to the disease.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government's response to a virus outbreak originating in China, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) © Provided by Associated Press Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government's response to a virus outbreak originating in China, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Politico reported on Wednesday that U.S. officials were debating the necessity of such a role, but White House spokesman Judd Deere wrote in a post on Twitter that this was not true.

President Donald Trump "is pleased with the leadership of @SecAzar to protect the public health," Deere wrote, referring to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who is leading a coronavirus task force.

Trump is due to hold a news conference on the government's coronavirus response at 6 p.m. He has sought to downplay fears about the spread of the disease.

Global stock markets have slumped for the past five days amid worries over a prolonged disruption to supply chains from the disease, which has infected about 80,000 people and killed nearly 3,000, mostly in China.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Bernadette Baum)

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