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Dr. Deborah Birx, familiar to TV viewers as a regular participant in President Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings over the past year or so, has a new job after retiring from the federal government. She is now the chief medical and scientific adviser for a Texas air-filtration company.

Dallas-based ActivePure Technology is “seeking formal clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to market its air purifier for the purpose of removing coronavirus particles,” Politico reported.

The Biden administration, of course, promoted her TV star colleague Dr. Anthony Fauci to the position of chief medical advisor to the president, but no position was offered to Birx, who previously served as White House coronavirus response coordinator under Trump.

“The Biden administration wanted a clean slate. I understand that completely,” the physician who received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University. acknowledged to the Reuters news agency.

Separately, the Dallas-based George W. Bush Institute has named Dr. Birx as a global health fellow. She has also joined the board of Innoviva, an investment firm that appears to receive royalties from several pharmaceuticals.

Birx, 64, is s former military officer who worked in the federal government in various important public-health-related positions since 1980, including the fight against HIV/AIDS

The infectious-disease expert announced her intention to retire from the government in late December 2020 after getting into hot water for traveling to Delaware over Thanksgiving with three generations of her family from different households despite publicly urging Americans to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Birx was one of various officials who violated COVID-related guidelines they espoused for the population.

And while she was not offered a role by the current administration, she wished them well.

“I want the Biden administration to be successful,” she said. “I’ve worked since 1980 in the federal government, first through the military, then through [the Department of Health and Human Services], and then detailed to the State Department and detailed here, where I hope I was helpful. I will be helpful in any role people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire.”

ActivePure, her new employer, “has aggressively marketed its products even as it awaits FDA’s review for Covid-19 filtering, asserting on its website that its technology has a proven ‘kill rate of over 99.9 percent of airborne SARS-COV-2 within 3 minutes,'” Politico claimed.

According to the corporate media, Birx didn’t disagree with Trump enough, who allegedly downplayed the virus, even though he launched an unprecedented public sector-private sector mobilization to respond to the infection, which included the rapid rollout of vaccines pursuant to Operation Warp Speed.

“Birx said she remained concerned about the level of testing in the country, but she praised the new administration for modeling mask-wearing and other behaviors that help to combat the virus,” Reuters noted.

In general, federal government officials, particularly in high-profile or key positions, have lots of lucrative opportunities for private-sector employment that don’t require a lot of heavy lifting after they retire from the bureaucracy.

 

Robert Jonathan

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