Birx, Kushner, Smith Visit VRC
On June 9, NIH hosted a visit by Brad Smith, Dr. Deborah Birx and Jared Kushner, who toured the Vaccine Research Center and received an update on NIH response to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Birx is White House coronavirus response coordinator. Kushner is senior advisor to the President. Smith is director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
They were greeted by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci. The briefing included NCI director Dr. Ned Sharpless, who discussed SARS-CoV-2 serology, and NIBIB director Dr. Bruce Tromberg, who outlined the RADx program, along with Collins and Dr. Tara Schwetz, NIH associate deputy director.