Dr. Birx Bobblehead with a Cause Unveiled
This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a bobblehead to honor Dr. Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will be donating $5 from every Dr. Birx Bobblehead sold to the Protect The Heroes Fund in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge.
This is the first bobblehead of Dr. Birx, who Vice President Mike Pence described as his “right arm” at the time of her appointment to the response team. Standing on a base bearing her name, the bobblehead features Dr. Birx wearing one of her signature scarves as she passionately makes a point.
The bobbleheads are only available through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. They are $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to ship in July.
Dr. Birx started her career as a clinician in immunology, eventually focusing on HIV/AIDS vaccine research before serving as Ambassador-at-Large and United States Global AIDS Coordinator from 2014 through 2020. She is deeply respected in Washington diplomatic circles and among public health experts and flew home from South Africa to head the response team as the COVID-19 outbreak hit the United States.
A former colonel in the U.S. Army, the Pennsylvania native began her career with the Department of Defense as a military-trained clinician in immunology as the HIV/AIDS epidemic broke out in the U.S. Dr. Birx emerged as a pioneer in her field, leading “one of the most influential HIV vaccine trials in history,” according to her biography on the U.S. Department of State website. Commonly known as the “Thai trial,” the RV144 trial was the first of its kind to show that a preventative HIV vaccine was possible.
Praised as a leader who tells the truth and urges the public to remain calm, the data-driven Birx has continually warned millennials that the coronavirus could be serious for them and those they interact with. She has continually highlighted the fact that millennials play a central role in stopping the disease’s spread and has given helpful advice on self-quarantining.
"Bobbleheads are the ultimate honor, and we think Dr. Birx deserves it given what she has done and continues to do for our country and the world in the battle against COVID-19,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We received a lot of requests for a bobblehead of Dr. Birx and are excited to be able to use the bobblehead to continue to raise funds for a vital cause that is helping to keep those on the front lines protected while also making people smile during these unprecedented times.”
Since being released on April 1, that National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has raised over $130,000 and counting in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge through the sale of Dr. Fauci bobbleheads. Within a week of the release, the Dr. Fauci bobblehead became the Hall of Fame and Museum’s best-selling bobblehead of all-time, surpassing Sister Jean from Loyola Chicago.