IAVI congratulates Birx on AIDS coordinator nomination

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding effective HIV vaccines, congratulated Deborah Brix on Saturday on her nomination as the next U.S. global AIDS coordinator.

Birx currently serves as the director of the Division of Global HIV/AIDS in the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Margie McGlynn, the CEO of IAVI, said the organization looks forward to working with Birx on new approaches to reduce HIV.

"Dr. Birx is a longtime advocate for a robust and comprehensive global response to HIV and AIDS that includes a vaccine," McGlynn said. "She is a strong champion of innovative approaches and tools to reduce HIV infections around the world, and IAVI looks forward to working with her to accelerate the science and research that will provide them."

Birx also served as the director of the CDC's Global AIDS Programs for the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention. She retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel after serving on active duty for 29 years. She previously held positions with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the University of North Carolina.

Founded in 1996, the IAVI works with partners in 25 countries to develop vaccine candidates for AIDS. The organization also conducts policy analysis and advocates for the AIDS vaccine field.