Former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah BirxDeborah BirxTrump Says Fauci Is ‘A Promoter More Than Anything’ Birx: Trump’s Disinfectant Injection Timing Was ‘Extremely Uncomfortable’ Birx ‘Concerned’ About Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19 PLUS says hundreds of thousands of deaths “could have been mitigated” at the start of the pandemic.
During a segment on a CNN Documentary broadcast on Sunday evening, Birx was asked what impact early mitigation measures would have had on the country.
“Well, look at it this way. The first time we have an excuse, there were about 100,000 deaths from that original wave, ”Birx said. “All the others, in my opinion, could have been mitigated or significantly reduced.”
Dr Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator under the former President TrumpDonald Trump Democrats see Georgia as opening salute in war on voting rights MLB could move Georgia All-Star game after controversial new voter restrictions Biden sack majority of DHS advisory board EN KNOW MORE, said in a CNN documentary clip that she believed the United States could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives lost to Covid-19 after the first outbreak of the pandemic. https://t.co/cB08LLbIaw pic.twitter.com/cXqvnYWYa7
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The comment comes as the United States waits for a return to normal life after a year of battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were 30.1 million cumulative coronavirus infections in the United States starting Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 548,000 Americans have died.
Meanwhile, more than 140 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered and 15.1% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Birx, who was tasked with leading the country’s response to the coronavirus under former President Trump, spoke about his time in the White House and his concerns as the country goes through the coronavirus pandemic. She has since become a comrade at the George W. Bush Institute.
Birx told ABC News earlier this month that she still has concerns about the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 after “having to live through the June and July outbreak” of COVID-19.