COVID: More than half of all deaths in the United States could have been mitigated – Dr Brix

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COVID: More than half of all deaths in the United States could have been mitigated - Dr Brix


Dr Deborah Birx, who coordinated the White House Coronavirus Task Force under President Donald Trump, believes the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States would have been significantly lower had the government responded more effectively. In an interview with CNN, parts of which were published before airing later on Sunday, Birx said there was an “excuse” for the initial spike in deaths last year as the government was fighting the start of the pandemic.

“There were around 100,000 deaths as a result of this initial wave,” Birx said. “All the others, in my opinion, could have been mitigated or significantly reduced.”

More than 542,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, and nearly 30 million have been infected.

Trump downplayed the outbreak in its early stages, resisted mitigation efforts, and criticized the harsh lockdown measures imposed to stop the spread of the virus. He has repeatedly avoided mask-wearing guidelines that health experts say prevent the spread of the disease.

Birx, who has since left government, said in the interview that she received a “very uncomfortable” call from Trump after describing the extent of the virus in an interview with CNN in August, in which she said. told people in rural areas that they were not immune.

Trump, who tested positive and then recovered from the virus in October, was running for re-election at the time.

“Everyone in the White House was shocked by this interview and the clarity with which I caused the epidemic,” Birx said.

“I was called by the president,” she said. “It was very uncomfortable, very direct and very difficult to hear. ”

Birx has at times been criticized for not opposing more firmly in public Trump’s disinformation about the pandemic, including his dangerous suggestion that Americans could use bleach to kill the virus.

Trump continued to organize large rallies in the final months of the presidential campaign despite warning from public health guidelines against large gatherings. He lost to Democrat Joe Biden, who campaigned largely on a promise to take the pandemic more seriously than his opponent.

Birx has been sidelined in the last few months of the Trump administration, and White House briefings on the pandemic have largely ceased.

He was not offered a job at Biden’s White House and now works in the private sector.

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