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she's become known as the point person for the state department's Middle East policy
Recent Examples on the Web Casadevall urged the federal government to designate a point person for COVID-19 who would be knowledgeable enough to help hospitals and cities overcome logistical and other hurdles. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Possible coronavirus treatment could be in clinical trials within weeks, using plasma from recovered patients, if doctors get FDA approval," 18 Mar. 2020 That means appointing a point person for the coronavirus response with a medical background who doesn’t already have a full-time job, such as current designee Mike Pence. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The White House Shouldn’t Downplay the Coronavirus," 28 Feb. 2020 Aides said the president wanted governors and members of Congress to have a single point person to communicate with, eliminating any jockeying for power in a decentralized situation. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials," 27 Feb. 2020 A day after President Donald Trump declared Vice President Mike Pence the point person on the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus, the administration on Thursday continued to try to stem confusion over its handling of the outbreak. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "Trump, Pence try to manage coronavirus response amid new fears it could spread," 27 Feb. 2020 One way to solve that is to engage the public more actively, says Luciana Borio, the pandemic preparedness point person at the U.S. National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Mass testing, school closings, lockdowns: Countries pick tactics in ‘war’ against coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 The other, David Kaye, is the U.N. point person on free expression. Washington Post, "What we know, and don’t, about the alleged Bezos phone hack," 23 Jan. 2020 Davis is typically the city’s point person on high-profile development projects. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Downtown Huntsville Inc. hands out annual awards," 10 Jan. 2020 The investigation into Burisma was dormant at the time that Joe Biden, acting as the Obama administration’s point person on Ukraine, sought to have Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor, ousted, according to former Ukrainian and U.S. officials. Felicia Sonmez, The Denver Post, "Biden says Trump should be impeached to preserve “our democracy”," 9 Oct. 2019

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2020

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“Point person.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20person. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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