Published: Mon, March 29, 2021
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Birx says deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ previous year

Birx says deaths ‘could have been mitigated’ previous year

According to Dr. Deborah Birx, the handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the USA under the administration of Donald Trump - even in August 2020, after her controversial CNN appearance, in which she warned about the possible disastrous ramifications that COVID-19 could have on the country if not curbed - would have been understandable at the time.

The interviews, with Sanjay Gutpa, the network's chief medical correspondent, confirmed what was already an open secret in Washington: There was a high level of dysfunction and discord within the Trump administration, particularly in the pandemic response. Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the health experts on Trump's pandemic response team, reveals that thousands of deaths could have been prevented under his presidency. "That was a very hard time, because everybody in the White House was upset with that interview and the clarity that I brought about the epidemic".

In an interview with CNN, parts of which were released before broadcast later yesterday, Birx said there was an "excuse" for the initial surge of deaths previous year as the government grappled with the start of the pandemic. "It was very uncomfortable, very direct, and very hard to hear".

"It shocked me because it was such a jolt to what we were trying to do", he said of Trump's efforts.

"What we are seeing today is different from March and April", she said at the time. "It is extraordinarily widespread".

"I would say it was a very uncomfortable conversation", she answered after a long pause.

"Everybody inside was waiting for me to make a misstep so that they could, I guess, remove me from the task force", she said.

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Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the comment in an interview with CNN for a special on Sunday, diving into the details of America's pandemic response.

NYT further reported that several of the officials, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci - who unlike the others is a career scientist and is now advising President Joe Biden - blamed China, where the virus was first detected, for not being open enough with the United States.

"I thought rather than firing him, you know, I listened to him, but I didn't do what he said because frankly, his record is not a good record", Trump said on the "Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast.

In an interview with The New York Times published in January, Fauci said Trump would sometimes call him after he gave an interview and ask why he hadn't given a more "positive" outlook on the pandemic. "All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially".

At the time, New Zealand had reported 1,304 confirmed infections and 22 coronavirus-related deaths, while the USA had recorded at least 5,527,306 Covid-19 cases and 173,114 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

"There were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge", Birx said.


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