Obama has been under pressure to name an Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the United States and take action to help stem the outbreak in West Africa, where nearly 4,500 people have died from the virus.
Klain has been out of government since leaving Biden’s office during the Obama’s first term. The White House said that Klain would report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco.
Klain, a lawyer, also served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore and was a key figure during the 2000 Florida presidential election recount. He previously served under Attorney General Janet Reno in the Clinton administration.
The White House is calling the new post an “Ebola response coordinator.”