WASHINGTON—The office that coordinates efforts among Public Health Service agencies to fight AIDS is being expanded in both size and scope, according to Peter J. Fischinger, the recently appointed PHS AIDS coordinator.
“We want to get to the point where we are proactive in dealing with the problems,” said Fischinger, who is on leave for one year as deputy director of the National Cancer Institute. To do so, a new post of deputy AIDS coordinator has been created and the office, now called the National AIDS Policy Office, will increase its staff positions from six to as many as 20. The office is also sponsoring a new series of media briefings on PHS efforts to fight AIDS.
The new deputy, John C. Petricciani, chief of biologicals at the World Health Organization, began work earlier this month. Additional staff is being recruited.
The new structure will allow the office to participate...